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Tue Dec 31, 2013, 06:02 PM

I thank DU for bringing issues of a feminist nature to my attention.

While there are, of course, discussion boards with more obnoxiously sexist individuals, this was a virtual place where I came to discuss issues of a political nature - and this is where I learned how sexist people (mostly men) could be. While people here do represent a range of opinions, I would have thought that one could expect liberal people to understand the feminism/sexism dichotomy. I found that that can not be assumed. And I did not start out as knowledgeable as I could have been.

In one forum or another, I learned about various women's experiences that led them to fight for abortion rights.

In other forums, I learned that some people are really clueless about male privilege - clueless about the rape culture - clueless about a lot of things.

I have been led to find people who uncover entrenched patriarchal concepts and I have also been led to find out more about women's suppressed histories. I have discovered concepts of goddesses that were buried, lest people have images of women as powerful archetypes.

I have noticed how women's issues are ignored, how women are made invisible. And I have also noticed many women (including some here on DU) who fight for visibility and equality.

I have come to realize how entrenched male-centered concepts are. There are the ideas about a male God, a male "Santa", and the male philosophers, priests and professors who like the keep the whole male-centered paradigm going. Going back to Hammurabi and Aristotle - these are people who have been and still are held up as human "gods" for various reasons, who were actually very misogynist - openly hateful of women, whose ideas laid much of the groundwork for limiting women.

I have not posted in awhile, but I do appreciate the sort of virtual experience DU offers, as well as the knowledge about what so-called liberal people think about these things - for good and for ill.

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intaglio Dec 2013 #1
seabeyond Dec 2013 #2
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Tue Dec 31, 2013, 06:12 PM

1. seconded

and thanks

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Tue Dec 31, 2013, 06:32 PM

2. good post. i agree. i have learned much, also. tons. i hope we continue to have a voice on du. nt

 

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Response to bloom (Original post)

Tue Dec 31, 2013, 09:57 PM

3. Yes! It is one thing to understand these issues. It is another to see them playing out

in a very real fashion, in the midst of great support and great opposition, each from both sexes. THAT has been a great learning experience for me.

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Response to bloom (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 08:54 PM

4. Thank you for this post.

Post more often please!

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Fri Jan 10, 2014, 09:19 PM

5. a very good post, thank you.

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