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It's not often I post, but then it's very rarely that something Gets My Goat.

Two things: Recently, my facebook page has been taken over by a group I was added to. This group contains many professional contacts, and is therefore useful. However, it is also a woman only group. It posts lots of humourless, hectoring articles about perceived discrimminatation in its industry. It also has other, more helpful items about competitions. However - at least one of these competition articles has had a comment by one of the group's founders to vote for the women who are taking part, because they are under-represented. Not, hey, vote for the most talented individual. Vote for a gender.

Second: An exhibition at Summerhall has advertised itself as not allowing any men in. NO MEN it says. It doesn't give a reason for this. It could easily have said it wanted to experiment with an all-female environment to produce some interesting art. But it didn't. Instead it produced the kind of badly written copy you usually see done by bigots - NO IRISH - NO JEWS - NO BLACKS. No men. Pfft.

Any kind of discrimination fills me with rage. I hate seeing harm done to people, and I also hate stupidity. 

Today I am angry because equality is being set back decades by people who are too stupid to allowed to be vocal. And who are, unfortunately, too vocal to be ignored. Now people will think all feminists are exclusive, arrogant arseholes. Whereas in fact most feminists include men, in some cases are men, and know that the only way to true equality is to include everyone.


Ari. xx

Date: 2012-08-02 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*is about to be heart warming and positive! Read when in appropriate mood!*

Last night, a guy I knew from LARP years ago posted a picture thing on FB with the words "since when did this" pointing to 4 thin women, "become hotter than this," pointing to 4 "curvy" women. Someone commented saying it was a bad thing, because women come in all shapes and sizes and "the process of pointing at someone and saying 'you're too this, or you're too that' is objectifying."

The guy then apologised and I think for the first time the light bulb went on in his head. I was really glad to see something like that happen.

Also heart warming. I met a guy at a conference who was studying men's issues. He said that male research had a lot to thank feminism for because although we have the whole patriarchal society thing going on, sensitive men issues weren't being examined. He said other intelligent gender related things but my brain has not kept them on record. There are lovely, wonderful, intelligent people out there they just need someone to follow them round with megaphones....

Date: 2012-08-02 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is lovely. I know there are loads and loads of intelligent, sensitive people out there, and the world is gradually changing for the better. It's just that I see things progressing and I feel so optimistic and then gah! Someone loud and stupid sets it all back a few steps. You don't defeat centuries of bumwittery and exclusion by being an exclusive bumwit. Ya know?


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