for International Women’s Right’s day…

Posted on March 8, 2011

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What is gender and why does it matter? I need people to think about this and respond. I need good conversations around this.

Something that has fascinated me for some time: Men’s rights activists: An introduction — The Good Men Project Magazine.

These men feel victimized, they feel exploited, they feel ignored, they feel impotent. And those feelings are powerful. I don’t think these boys and men who turn to the men’s rights movement are lying about their pain.

This is one reason I try to never lose sight of empathy and finding the humanity in others, even bigoted chauvinistic men who claim they are the victims. I think this article does a great job of breaking it down.

This next article looks at what Men’s Right’s Issues actually are, which includes chivalry, portrayal in the media (which, while true is laughable when thinking of how other persons are portrayed comparatively, but comparisons won’t progress anyone.. it’s not the oppression Olympics) to wanting DV services. Honestly I have a lot of issues with this list, while understanding where it’s coming from. For example, #2 is feminism. #1 is “father’s rights”… if you have no knowledge around fathers rights groups, and hear off hand one day that they want more support for fathers you think “hey that sounds great! we need more dedicated fathers!” However, if you have more intimate knowledge of (many of) these groups you will come to realize they are batterers using the system to further their power ad control issues.  So to me, this article is good to read, but not to take to heart.

this quote sums up how i feel about reproductive justice quite well: “Without the ability to control when or if she has a child, a woman can’t really control anything about her life.” Denise Rornesburg

not *directly* linked to gender is what’s going on with Bradley manning: “The lesson is clear, and soldiers take note: You’re better off committing a war crime than exposing one” If you’re on the level you can figure out how gender is related to this, and war, in general.

here’s an article on what’s going on with women in egypt from Al Jazeera

Feministe’s “women’s day” post , and as usual everything at feministing is awesome.

 

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