Gender Politics

17 Sep

Cross posted to Daisy’s blog

I’ll admit that I’ve never watched The L Word and the only thing I’ve seen Mia Kirshner in is Not Another Teen Movie, but this picture is pretty accurate:

Gender equality is a myth and the bad news is there’s a LOT of deluded people out there who believe one of two things: 1. that it is or 2. it doesn’t need to be.
There’s a lot of things that are expected of men and women it’s true, but with women, it’s never seen as that much of an issue. We’re expected to have no real problems with life and go floating through it, not being bothered by the truly horrible things that can happen to us. And like the above scene says, we’re expected to smile nicely as all of this happens.
The fact that this is still such a big issue is absolute bullshit. In this day and age you’d think that we would have moved past the archaic, sexist world of yesteryear, but apparently not. No, middle aged, middle class, white men still like to put women in their place after all these years. Because you know, they really have our best interests at heart.

Call it cliched, but if we treated men the same way that women are [especially women of colour] there would be a whole lot of changes in the world. We wouldn’t be told to ‘grow up and get on with it’ while we have cramptastic periods. We wouldn’t be told that ‘being raped was our own fault’. Childbirth would be put down as a contender for an Olympic sport and getting through life would end with a huge fucking ceremony full of fireworks, angelic choirs and a blue plaque put up outside the place where you lived.

But no. We’re women. We just have to deal with things and get on with life the way it is. To quote fictional character Ruth DeWitt Bukater, “of course it’s unfair, we’re women”.

Of course, gender politics are not just one sided. I saw a truly interesting picture on the Love Yrself Zine tumblr the other day, and here it is:

Think about it. I certainly did and I still am. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate men, but I’d never really thought about this aspect of things.

Let me know what you think.

About the writer: Daisy is an irregular photographer, wannabe writer and full time female. In between tea and toast breaks she spends far too much time on the internet blogging, tumbling and tweeting. She is unapologetic in her love of the Spice Girls.


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