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dany masado

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can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?

As of late, the gender discussion seems to dominate the mainstream discussion on social justice. The alarming trend that I have noticed is that it has become a real battle of the sexes where one side accuses the other of causing its demise, which means any progress for one gender is seen as a loss for the other. I am proposing that we start to reframe the gender debate in a way where we can honestly address issues faced by men without saying "men just don't have as bad", in a way where we can address female issues without saying "women complain too much, get over it.
We must remember that progress in gender justice is (or should be) a benefit for all not a sum zero battle. Often, we get caught up if tallying up a score on who has it worse, rather than finding ways to address issues for both sides, simultaneously.
What will you tell your sons or your daughters when they come to you for advice?

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    Jun 27 2012: If we want break the deadlock of feminism and gender justice the first step is acceptance of this fact that gender is not just male or female. If you read the comments of people who blame generally men or women, all of them have a typical conception of Man and Woman. They consider all women have the same characteristics and attitudes; however you cannot find tow people with exactly the same personality in the world. Firstly we must accept each individual has his/her own characteristics regardless to his/her gender. A man with feminine behavior is not mentally ill, and vice versa. In the ideal form, gender should not restrict the behavior and lifestyle of individuals. I think it can define as a specific goal of gender justice.
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      Jun 30 2012: Where is this dead lock?
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        Jul 3 2012: Dear J M
        I tried to discuss this subject which you came up, above this page.
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      Jul 3 2012: My concerns are less with individual attitudes than with national and corporate policies which limit my choices and my freedom or refuse to protect me as a citizen say when being stalked... That sort of thing... I deeply wish people would stop making it all about feelings and anecdotes...

      Or media representations which tell young women the way to make your mark is to be hot and stupid, or hot and mean, or just hot and hot. Of course the impacts on young men also suck for the models they are offered and the expectations which they are filled with with regards to girls and women....
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        Jul 3 2012: Mass media and popular culture which have a close reciprocal relationship when combine with power and economical desires of entrepreneurs consolidate the power of influence of media on ordinary people. The regrettable fact is that none of them has nothing to do with non-profit activities such as gender justice which don't have direct economic results. My main contention is that subjects such as feminism and gender justice are not interesting topics for mass media and it has been a major hindrance for feminism movement. How we can raise the public interest in this issue?

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