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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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  • Jul 4 2012: If one cannot understand and accept the concept of wholeness within, then they are not able to reflect this acceptance outward. I believe for true change to occur, it begins with everyone individual understanding and accepting unity, as opposed to separateness. When one accepts and loves themselves this loving, accepting energy is carry forth from them. There are always going to be those who are not ready to accept this, that is OK. However, those who do, they must be the one to raise their voices for love, and acceptance of all; unity. Does this make sense?
    • Jul 5 2012: It makes perfect sense except for one part,

      "There are always going to be those who are not ready to accept this, that is OK."

      The whole feminist movement is about saying that this is not OK. Injustice is not OK.
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        Jul 5 2012: Barry, most of us are educated too and of course we can answer the points in isolation but integrting the information and allowing it to speak in proportion to the issues involved takes more than a flippant confidence.
      • Jul 5 2012: I am not powerful enough to control others thoughts, nor do I want to. I Accept all. My purpose is to stand in my power and speak my truth, if my truth resonates with someone else this is great but not my purpose. My purpose is to connect to my heart and be true to myself and perhaps empower others through my process. In other words, by setting and example of self empowerment, speak from a space of acceptance,respect and honor. I feel it is a more powerful position, than trying to force,control, manipulate.....

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