Welcome to my blog. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the inequalities present in today’s world, particularly but not exclusive to inequalities faced by women, and to exploring ways in which we can begin to work towards a better world. A secondary focus is the flip side of genderist discrimination, namely when men are shamed or misunderstood because they act or find themselves in situations which are typically associated with females, such as sexual assault. The focus on this issue is not because I give it higher priority over other global problems, but because it is close to my heart, so in this particular space I do my bit in the effort toward a more equal global community.
There are plenty of people in the world who are priviledged enough not to be affected by or to have witnessed many of the issues which this blog deals with, so I appreciate that it is not uncommon, particularly for middle and upper socioeconomic class western populations to believe that we do not have a significant issue with gender inequality today. This space is not devoted to changing opinions or defining right and wrong. It is devoted instead to sparking an open curiosity about the matter and encouraging the reader to self-educate and form their own views.
I select the material I post on the basis that it (in my view) offers worthwhile food for thought. The opinions and ideas contained in the pieces I present are not necessarily my own (unless explicitly stated), and I encourage you to consider them as well as their sources critically and creatively.
Of course, I would not be here if my journey on this planet had not led me to conclude that the genders are not perceived and treated equally. To give you a short selection of my reasons for thinking this: it is because male-dominated governments create laws which directly regulate the female body, because female nudity and sexual expression is to some more provocative and pornographic than the male equivalent, because men are shamed by some for being emotionally sensitive or otherwise ‘like women’, because male sexual assault is delegitimized by some, because gender is not binary, because there are girls in the world currently being sold as brides, because women in some countries can’t vote or drive or consent to medical treatment etc, because FGM still exists, because the pay gap still exists, because just 18 of 108 UK high court judges are female, because women are taught to regulate their behaviour to avoid being harassed and assaulted while the perpetrators are not taught to stop committing the crimes, because around 85000 women are raped per year just in England and Wales and 1/5 women are victims of sexual offenses and 2 women per week are killed by a current or former partner (Ministry of Justice, Home Office & the Office for National Statistics)…
But reader, don’t ever take for granted the credibility of something you read – go and find the statistics out for yourself, and make sure to check the numbers of male victims.
Traditionally, the name given to the official movement working to combat the above issues is feminism. I embrace this term, but I do so with caution, because not all feminists are made equal. I appreciate that feminism is practiced in different ways and understood in different terms by various individuals. While I do not condone every practice which has been labelled as feminist, I maintain that the benefits of supporting the helpful aspects of the movement far outweigh dealing with the stigma associated with the term.
Thank you for being here.