International Women’s Day Coverage
Fiach Kelly: Age just a number, says bashful Pat as he salutes women’s work
Women’s rights abuses ‘escalating’
Woman fired from ‘world’s most dangerous job’
Six women protesters shot dead in Ivory Coast
Survival rate for women with ovarian cancer has doubled
100 Voices In Business – Celebrating 100 Years Of International Women’s Day
Housekeepers for priests were exploited: study
Abuse of women’s rights ‘rose in recession’
I fought eating disorder, admits Allen as she launches new career
Women’s guilt over work queries at home
Without women’s full input we’re ‘flying on one wing’
Women’s day site hacked
O’Connor commits Siptu to equality
Single steps on the road to progress and a glance back at how far we’ve come
Drama highlights campaign to amend De Valera’s constitution
Parliament backs equality resolution
On the day: what people think
March to highlight marginalisation of women marred by shouting match with men
THANK YOU CORK FEMINISTA AND CONTRIBUTORS for a great Women’s Day Event!
Two things: Sexism and Backlash against feminism:
MaryMc Aleese’s comments are worth addessing, as many women and men believe sexism is over, and that we have equality. It’s not true!
“None of us can fully measure the paralysing effects of centuries of biased attitudes to women, to their roles and their aptitudes.
“But we can be sure that those effects continue, sometimes overtly and sometimes very subtly,
“Like the toxic thinking that underpins racism, ageism and all those isms, the toxic thinking that is fed into us in subtle and incremental ways from babyhood into childhood and adulthood, and informs our attitudes and our thinking and our behaviour, is remarkably long.
“We do well to realise, that just because the world seems a more equal place, that thinking is still there, and complacency is its best friend. We need to remain very focused on building a culture of best practice in relation to gender bias.”
Fuelling sexism is the ongoing backlash against feminism, which is endemic and persistent, and evidenced by the hacking of the women’s day web site. (Why are they so scared of women getting together?) Also see the vitriolic, misinformed “comments” against Robert Fulford’s attempt to acknowledge feminist contributions to society in his article.
Here are some choice responses from his readers,who blame feminism for immigration, the cost of nursing homes, the low birth rate etc,etc etc… :
“I am rather surprised with Robert,I thought he had a spine.What a scared little man.” ( Male feminists are not “real men”)
“Certainly in Canada the feminist movement has made major changes. It has resulted in increased cost of doing business and an enormous increase in the cost of social services. We also can’t overlook the decrease in birth rate that has resulted in having to increase immigration from third world countries to maintain a work force…. When 70% of married women were homemakers, the elderly parents were traditionally cared for by a daughter or daughter-in-law at no cost to the government.” (Let’s go back to exploiting the unpaid, unrecognized, free labour of women and keep them at home, rather than allow them to use their brains and talents, earn an income))
” The whole point of feminism for me was to take responsibility for what I became–not blame men for what I was not. I had the tools and the freedom–if I couldn’t make it with those, it was some flaw in me–not the system and not the other gender.” (It’s all my fault, there is no institutional sexism, not really)
“…taking control over men’s lives (taking away their properties, children, and sometimes putting men in jail on a ground of fake domestic abuse or rape claims) feminists made it optional for a women to kill unborn childreN”( It must be a plot!)
“It has affected how children are raised” — Yup, they aren’t.( What about fathers doing more child raising?)
VIVA LA FEMINISTS!
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