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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #30)

Thu May 29, 2014, 02:32 AM

71. I thibk most people tend to forget,

That any woman who has fought her way up to a position of prominence, whether in politics or in business, has had to do exactly that, fight. They are more akin to war veterans than hot house flowers. They have to endure constant rape and death threats, condescension, patronising men, and hostility. Those women who are currently acting on the national stage are true dandelions, having clawed their way into the light in small crevasses between flagstones and tarmac. It has shaped their growth. - not that I am saying that there is something wrong with them, but that a world where women has equal power with men (I am not asking for power *over* men) is only possible where men have taken responsibility alongside women in educating those who currently let rape threats stand, don't counter 'I'd tap that' statements that reduce women to objects, who steal the credit for women's work, who make rape and misogynistic jokes and, and, and.

If I weren't on a mobile device, I'd link to one of Melissa McEwan's recent posts, where she storified her tweeting on the Elliot Rodgers massacre. For once, she retweeted the misogynistic retorts she got from ordinary men, and when you read them, the realisation that pretty much any woman who sticks her head out in public experiences this is very sobering.

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