Feminism - where are the threads?

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by JudithB, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

  2. Sweet FA

    Sweet FA ✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪

    Yep, I'm reading.
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  3. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Yeah, I learned a while ago (although I don't always pay attention) that the discomfort is often a sign you should be interrogating something more thoroughly rather than looking away.

    My partner's recent serious illness has highlighted how much I normally rely on her for emotional support - and of course the few friends I have spoken to in her absence are all women. How do you start creating emotionally connected relationships with other men at 41 though? Or how do you change long-standing friendships which rotate around conversations about music and arguments about politics into something more rounded and nourishing?

    (apols if this turns the thread into one about MEN/ME, but I guess the flipside of how to tackle our over-reliance on women's emotional labour is how to help men take on some of the burden...)
  4. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    This isn’t a ghetto, and that’s a question that occurred to me too, of course: how do men go about improving their existing relationship and forming new ones in adulthood.

    But look what you did there killer b : you’ve framed that as “how can women help men do things”. When you could have said “Right I’m off to start a new thread” or it could have been phrased “I’d be interested to know a few opinions from women about what men need to think about when starting this work...”

    Not having a go, just pointing out how the status quo is so easily maintained.
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  5. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    I didn't mean to frame it as a question to women - as you said, men are also reading the thread...
  6. S☼I

    S☼I those funny little plans that never work out right

    I'm reading it. Genuinely reluctant to do anything beyond that.

    ETA in terms of posting on the thread, not in life
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  7. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    I'm also not sure if it should be a separate thread. Rather it could be an opportunity for men to discuss their side of this equation, instead of simply reading and learning about the women's side.

    I think reading and learning is important, but there is a danger of holding back too much - we should be participating in an active conversation about how we change things, not simply mute nodding along. Appreciate this is a difficult balance to strike though.
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  8. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    Okay, so what is it that you feel that y’all need in order to develop better healthier friendships with your mates?

    What’s getting in the way of open honest emotional exchanges with your men friends?

    In what ways is it difficult to start new friendships?

    What would you like your friendships with men to be like?

  9. xenon

    xenon Sweep and cut

    Another bloke reading.

    TBH I don't really have conversations IRL like that with anyone. Not in that proper conversation way. Quite probably my life is a bit disfunctionaal on some levels, maybe it's the norm... it is what it is. I do argue / put my opinion out there if a mate says something I consider to be a bit off, sexist, biggotted etc. That's just part of not wanting to be associated as in agreeing with it, feeling wound up because you haven't stood up for something. Not to say that I'm the enlightened one and beyond reproach. More that IME it's unusual for someone in my circle of friends / aquaintences to broach political subjects like this.

    /withdraws to the gallery.
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  10. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Men who pay for sex are far uglier.
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  11. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Bureaucracy's aim is not to create efficient, helpful systems, it's to perpetuate itself, and to increase its hold on power.
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  12. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Even better when it's a big company that makes a massive deal about its own "corporate social responsibility". Shell have kicked themselves in the arse more than a few times on this - make a big deal (for which read "massive advertising spend") about what they're doing for the "little people", then get caught fucking over women employees in terms of equal pay.
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  13. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Start local, act global.
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  14. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    these are big and chewy questions. I'll give them some thought.
  15. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    You started as an impressive, erudite poster - something some long-departed arschloche didn't like - and came out the other side even more so.

    Which makes showing someone that their arguments hold no water, even sweeter. :)
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  16. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    I've been having a running argument for over a year now, with a Momentum/Alliance for Workers Liberty member, who insists that structural change NOW should be the only political ambition/target for Labour in govt. He can't understand why relatively "local", or even basic grassroots community change sets an example that can bring about change. Yes, it's long-termist, and no, it doesn't bring down capitalism, but most of these ideologues haven't thought through the consequences of dismantling capitalism "overnight" as opposed to dismantling it slowly. Personally, I prefer the route that doesn't see people in developing countries possibly starving. I prefer the route that gives people the tools and training to look after themselves, to self-govern without an intermediary "ruling class".
  17. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Bet you've got a goatee, or have had one in the past. :p
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  18. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    He thinks he's hypocrisy-hunting.
  19. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    friendofdorothy - the advert was this Gillette #MeToo razors ad on 'toxic masculinity' gets praise – and abuse and eventually got pulled due to the massive negative (male) reaction.

    It's been replaced now by one that features a young white m/c male, with a voiceover saying 'Don't be intimidated by him... by her...by them...', relating to a male boss figure, a young woman in the gym, and a queue of Asian blokes outside a club. This advert is hugely fucking offensive, in so many ways, but yet replaced the one that was really positive :facepalm::mad::confused:
  20. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    I think the real point is that it's not all that useful for men to discuss these things with women. It would be useful if they discussed it with each other and their sons etc...
    I've said it before but I'll say it again, men can see just as plainly as we can how their conditioning around masculinity affects them and their relationships. You lot need to start fixing it.
    Discussing it with other oppressed groups will help you further your understanding (so let's have a conversation, feminists can learn from it too and we have a vested interest if we are raising men, so let's talk) but to start fixing it you need to be starting the threads, having awkward conversations and challenging yourselves
  21. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    It absolutely is worthy of a new thread. :)
    It's certainly not a useful digression any more on a thread about the paucity of feminism threads. As we can see, 'reading and learning' about women's perspective is not a simple skill.
  22. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Some men have never been faced with being told "no". The petulance and anger is usually a result of this, with a bit of "this is what it's 'manly' to do" thrown in. Childish, dangerous idiots, the lot of them.
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  23. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Oh, I dont think it isn't worthy of a new thread - but I got the impression that more male contributions to this thread was wanted and I thought that might be a good way of helping them engage. I appreciate it's a difficult thing to balance though, so maybe not.
  24. FabricLiveBaby!

    FabricLiveBaby! Live Baby Fabric!

    There's an aside here too... The constant battle women face to be heard, and to not to be dismissed, nor their feelings of distress 'splained away or taken as an attack on the men who hold power over us has some very serious consequences.

    The distress women face (and is sometimes/often caused by men - my cptsd certainly was) feeds all the way back into how they are treated when it comes to mental health and psychiatry (often at the hands of men).

    This tweet popped into my feed the other day (massive content warning for suicide, overdosing, and psychiatric abuse)

    Read it and weep about how women are "treated".

    The worst medical treatment I've had is psychiatric treatment at the hands of men (the psychiatric field is particularly negligent of women) and some of the best treatment I had was with clinical psychologists (all female).

    And this is out of all medical treatment (not just mental health).
  25. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    Of course male contributions to the main topic of the thread - Feminism - are welcome. The point is that feminism and related topics are worthy of lots more discussion, but it seems to me that good contributions to thread are not ones which substantially change the subject (especially to a male perspective). Hence spin-off threads such as Feminism and a world designed for men and Feminism and the Gender Pay Gap. FWIW I was sorry that male posters didn't/don't engage more with the idea of Default Man
    (edited for linkfail)
    Last edited: May 15, 2019 at 1:44 PM
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  26. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

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  27. Balbi

    Balbi Hey, Dean Yager!

    Maybe a few of us should bugger off over there and continue the discussion killer b has the beginnings of, because yeah - that's a talk I'd like to have.

    (also, bugger off used in a friendly context here and not an aggressive one, just to be clear :D)
  28. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    You could start the spin-off thread and continue to read, contemplate, question, learn and contribute to this thread. Please don't bugger off, you can do both.
  29. JudithB

    JudithB Well-Known Member

    That was really interesting. Thanks for posting.

    "Take her, not me!" We still see a lot of that behaviour these days
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  30. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I like your honesty.

    I still say it would be worth starting your own thread on this. I'd love to hear men what men have to say on this.
    Last edited: May 16, 2019 at 10:18 PM
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