Today, March 8th 2020, is International Women’s Day and the entire month of March is Women’s History Month, though to be honest if you were not aware of that I am not surprised, especially in the UK. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “I am Generation Equality.”
The problem with this is that there are many who seek to divide, creating a society which sets woman against men. When I changed gender almost 20 years ago, I fell into this trap. I identified as female, demanded that I was now a woman, and became an active feminist campaigning against male dominance and the patriarchy and in the process antagonised people, making the transition process more difficult that it should have been.
I met with some resistance brexit millionaire reviews. When I began reading for my MSc in Gender Research was when I first encountered significant opposition from some radical feminists and political activists who believed that to be a woman one had to be born a woman. But their arguments went beyond denying that anyone could change gender. They were telling me that the identity of Women was an exclusive biologically determined club that I could never join. I was male and therefore one of “Them.”
This I have since learned is at the heart of Social Identity Theory. These women don’t want equality; they don’t want equal rights; they are angry at men for their power and dominance and they want to take that away. Their aim seems to be for the destruction of the patriarchy, and I assume to replace it by a new matriarchy.
I can understand the anger towards men. I have identified as female for nearly 20 years and I have experienced all manner of discrimination, harassment and victimisation in that time. More importantly, I see the levels of discrimination and harassment women are subjected to; I see how women, from childhood, have their power crushed; I see how as a result of the behaviour of many men, women grow up in fear.
But I also see how as a result of the attacks against all men, their resistance grows. I found this quote from Amy Chua in the Guardian very helpful in understanding this problem.