For anyone following the #womenagainstfeminism hashtag on Twitter, or the other online venues where this is trending, one will readily observe just how often the charge is made (or is it a defense?) that the W.A.F.s and friends simply "don't understand" feminism.
Actually, I think they're right. After a lifetime of being told, going back to the sixties, that my kind (the dread White Man) were responsible for pretty much everything bad that ever happened to anyone else not like us, I decided to check it out myself.
I read Brownmiller, Ehrenreich, Friedan, and Caldicott, to name but a few. I hung out with, worked with, listened to, and...
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Dear womenfolk: You think you have it so bad?Picture yourself dating one guy after another when you know you beat out 20 other really good women to get with him. Because being good, after all, isn't enough. You have to be an alpha - the best, the dominant, the tough girl.
Imagine having to give off vibes that you'll provide for him and die for him if it comes down to him or you in an emergency. Imagine knowing that if you lose your job, in this shitty economy, you're utterly worthless to him, even though if he's out of a job, that's okay with you. Let's say a woman attacks a male stranger for some reason and you are humiliated for not coming to his rescue....
Canada: Institutional Resistance to Acknowledging Intimate Male AbuseThis is the text of a talk given in 2004 by Eugen Lupri Ph.D. This text was was updated in 2005 by the author and a link has been updated from that original. Links to references point to the original web document but the full list of references is given below. Reproduced here with kind permission of the author, who retains copyright.
Institutional Resistance to Acknowledging Intimate Male Abuse
(Revised paper presented at the
Counter-Roundtable Conference on Domestic Violence,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 7, 2004.)
Eugen Lupri, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
The University of Calgary
© Not to be distributed without permission of the author.
THE ALBERTA ROUNDTABLE ON FAMILY VIOLENCE: BACKGROUND
Equalities Has Failed Men and BoysThe old approach to Equalities no longer works.
Any approach to Equality built on a black and white view of the world can only fail.
Any approach that assumes that all men are equal and all women are not equal can only fail men and boys – and an approach that fails men and boys – fails everyone. This old and unworkable approach to Equalities is the strategic context within which our own strategy sits. The need to develop a Citywide Strategy for Men and Boys in Brighton & Hove has arisen because of this old approach to Gender Equality that fails to recognise men and boys as a distinct group with specific needs. This approach to gender equality as “women’s work” has tended to either ignore the needs of men and boys or only target men as a cause of women’s inequality. The United Nations, for example, approaches gender equality as an issue of...