double standards,rants and apologies
Posted by Sherry on November 25, 1997 at 14:34:23:
In response to Indifferent (Warning: Rant[y] & Spirited Post), written by Erin on November 24, 1997 at 23:28:48
But why on a board that is 98% female and quite intellectual and educated to boot, hasn't anybody noticed?
For me, it's an obvious interpretation, insofar as this type of double standard is expressed often in history and literature. Why bring it up time and time again? Oh the patriarchy, oh the inequity!
Less we forget!
Much of my indifference (Ok and a little anger) is connected to what I preceive to be the 'spinning of our wheels'. We (women, chicks) seem to channel much of our energies into the act of acknowledging the issues rather than focusing on alternatives and solutions. Yes, I know part of the latter involves the former, but I think it's much easier to say that women are repressed (as a gender) than it is to think seriously about what we are doing, or should be doing, about overcoming such repression. In fact, the singular, intense focus on these differences may actually impede further growth and change. Apparently, academia --more specifically, feminist theorists have 'wised up' to this idea (a lot of it has to do with Nietzsche, but I'll spare the space of Pemberley in this regard). ;-)
I could not decide where to snip the above.
It is always easier to speak of change than to effect it, but to take the stand that to not speak of it will somehow spur it to actualization, beats me?
As for what was asked (ie Marks question)--- It was noticed at the time it was first written and read, it was noticed ages before, and will be noticed ages in the future and has been given all the attention it deserves.
This is a skirmish in the age old war between the sexes and as Quentin Crisp said " It is the only war during which both sides frequently sleep with the enemy."
I apologize for the rant, bear with me. I'm afraid Mark got a little more than what he was asking for with my response. ;-)
Pleeezzzzee Erin, MB, et al. stop apologizing for your opinions potentially offending others. It is unfortunate that someone was personally attacked on email but is it now neccessary for us all to continously append our posts with apologies? I think a little old fashioned common sense and politeness will suffice. What say you all?
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