I have been rebuked several times recently by men who say that feminism and feminists want to ‘do down’ men, that we malign and denigrate men. Anyone who speaks out about their views can expect to have them challenged; that’s fine. Here’s my reply. At the risk of repeating myself, I do not wish to see a world where women perpetuate the patriarchy we currently exist under, where women are the dominant gender as men are now. I want true
Caroline Lucas of the UK Green party has been in the news recently for wearing an inappropriate T Shirt in Parliament during a debate on sexism in the media (for some background on that see here). You might think that meant a T shirt with offensive words or pictures on. No, not at all. It was T shirt calling for a national family newspaper to remove the daily topless woman from its content. The newspaper’s riposte is that it is
I have been reading Joan Smith’s excellent book, The Public Woman . I’ll be reviewing the book in more depth soon plus interviewing the author herself (details of that will be in the newsletter if you don’t want to miss it) but I wanted to share a small yet immensely important, part of it with you immediately. It is a very good book, albeit in a slightly depressing way: depressing because I cannot believe that feminism has come so far
There was a bit of a debate on the BBC recently about whether men are conditioned or born to be aggressive, win everything, and have to learn how not to behave like a 60s character from Mad Men etc. The speaker, male, inclined to view that it was in their nature and they had to learn to repress their natural instincts. They were prompted by Stephen Pinker’s work, a psychologist, who thinks men are changing their behaviour and that there
The Centre for Economic Research (based at London School of Economics) has carried out some research into the respective gender value of degrees. Men with a first class degree can expect to earn 6% more over the course of a working life than someone with a 2:1, even though the difference in marks may just be a few points. Employers, it seems use a first class degree as an indicator much more than they did a few years back when
I was listening to the radio over the week end and heard a comment about women that I agreed with. I can’t even remember what it was. It was such a basic, mundane, ‘bread and butter’ thing to me; probably something like women should enjoy equal representation in the world of work and the world of work needs to change to accommodate women’s needs as much as men’s. Something of that ilk, nothing to cause the horses to bolt, honestly.