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27 Feb

As I consider this statement to be so great I copied here the first half of it, follow the link to read it all.

 

Posted on In Defense of Feminism for Men | Being Feminist

 

This article was written by Jesse Game-Brown

 

“Why are you a feminist?” is a difficult question to answer—not because of a lack of justifications but because there are so very many. The question does not always take the direct form for me but is often detectable in a sideways glance in response to my Women’s Studies education or my involvement with a feminist blog. The question is discernable nonetheless, the curiosity exacerbated for some because I am a man.

Coming from men, the question does not always take the form of “Why are you a feminist?” From men the question sometimes presents as “Why as a man do you use the term feminism and not something like egalitarianism?”

Well, I firmly believe it’s true that men and women alike are all hapless gears in the gender binary machine. And I like the term egalitarianism and its objective, but to me the term seems insufficient in the context of gender. I prefer the term feminism for the following basic reasons:

1) Most pertinently, femininity, from which the term is derived, is generally undervalued in both men and women. Men are forbidden from partaking in anything associated with the feminine; and women are simultaneously expected to emulate femininity and reject it.

2) Ungendered bodies are almost ubiquitously read as male. Ask any first grader the gender of a ghost or spider in a storybook to demonstrate this internalized pattern. Any creature in a video game is a him. Maleness or masculinity can be neutral and natural; femaleness and femininity are necessarily unusual and otherly.

3)Systemically, men are still in power. Despite some, some, encouraging signs, we remain, predominantly, a patriarchy. The gender associated with femininity is yet marginalized.

4)Discourse about gender and the binary system began in the women’s rights movement. Gender reform has a long, exceptional history of discourse and activism under the name of feminism.

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In Defense of Feminism for Men | Being Feminist

Being Feminist

This article was written by Jesse Game-Brown

“Why are you a feminist?” is a difficult question to answer—not because of a lack of justifications but because there are so very many. The question does not always take the direct form for me but is often detectable in a sideways glance in response to my Women’s Studies education or my involvement with a feminist blog. The question is discernable nonetheless, the curiosity exacerbated for some because I am a man.

Coming from men, the question does not always take the form of “Why are you a feminist?” From men the question sometimes presents as “Why as a man do you use the term feminism and not something like egalitarianism?”

Well, I firmly believe it’s true that men and women alike are all hapless gears in the gender binary machine. And I like the term egalitarianism and its objective, but to me…

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Pseudoscience and stereotyping won’t solve gender inequality in science | Chris Chambers and Kate Clancy | Science | guardian.co.uk

11 Feb
Stereotype

Stereotype (Photo credit: *Bitch Cakes*)

A parenting guide aimed at drawing more girls into science lacks evidence and promotes old-fashioned gender stereotypes

via Pseudoscience and stereotyping won’t solve gender inequality in science | Chris Chambers and Kate Clancy | Science | guardian.co.uk.

Women in the military-Women’s World

9 Feb

Should women in uniform be serving on the front-lines and be put in exactly the same battle conditions as male soldiers?

Women in the Military

Women in the military-Women’s World-11-23-2011 – YouTube.

Want to Save the Planet? Give All Its Women Equal Power to Men

6 Feb

English: Columbia University sign in subway st...

Article by Sara Benincasa, a blogger, comedian, and author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom.She also holds a master’s degree in education from Columbia University.

Women Equal Power 

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