You Are Telling Us!

/></p> <p>You've probably seen this before. Some male talking head comes along and starts making strong points in support of ideas and concepts that women have known for centuries. Raising children is rewarding, emotions and feelings are important, caring for others is essential for the wellbeing of our society, the value of the community, etc, etc.<br /> I have mixed feelings over this. On the one hand it is good that these ideas are getting coverage and credibility. On the other, it is, after all, a MAN doing the talking. Further still, it's because of feminism that these ideas have been able to shake off their

Big Note: I don’t want anyone to misunderstand; I am not saying that these things are “female” by nature or anything like that. Rather, they were labeled “female” for some unfathomable reason the minute that patriarchy was created. And because everything “female” has to be, by definition, “second class”, these ideas have suffered the same fate. (I have to write a decent sized post about all this)

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    polly styrene said,

    My friend was talking about people who teach psychology yesterday (well actually she was moaning that there are no dykes who teach psychology apart from her, so she can’t flirt with people at conferences, but there you go) and she said there are loads of (straight) women in psychology, but all the peeps in charge are male.

    No change there then.

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    Lissette said,

    You’ve probably seen this before. Some male talking head comes along and starts making strong points in support of ideas and concepts that women have known for centuries. Raising children is rewarding, emotions and feelings are important, caring for others is essential for the wellbeing of our society, the value of the community, etc, etc.

    That just shows how men are “slow”…

    Kidding aside, it would be great if gender roles are finally admonished, but the part that upsets me is that these are things women have been saying for a long time and it’s been discredited for just as long. Now that a man is saying the same thing it has standing? How is that right?

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    Lara said,

    Men think they’ve invented everything. The idiots.
    I like the drawing.

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    Mary Tracy9 said,

    Lissette, that’s the idea behind the drawing 😉

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    pisaquaririse said,

    Well that cartoon just about summarizes my entire college experience.

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    Polly Styrene said,

    We had a lecturer in my college who was a bit bonkers who said in front of a packed hall of students “a female student wrote xxxxx, and I had to fail her even though she was a very pretty girl”. I was a mature student and a bit arsey, so I went and told him – to his face – that comments like that weren’t acceptable (other students thinking this is incredibly bold). He just said women “shouldn’t deny their beauty” or some such nonsense – cue several minute rant from me, but I don’t think it had any effect….I should have just submitted an official complaint, I suppose – I would do now. To hell with trying to be fair.


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