I'm sitting here wondering why we allow this shit to continue when much smaller factions (Blacks, members of the LGBTQ community, etc.) have started movements and seen at least SOME improvements (though certainly nothing even close to being acceptable).
No other faction, however, has had to deal with the slow, grinding oppression that women have to deal with from men. Men are trained to oppress from birth and, unlike the bigotry of a relatively small percent that discriminate against Blacks, etc., virtually all men take this "training" and apply it to each and every one of their own mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, spouses and female acquaintances.
I guess the closest I can come to an analogy would be the majority Blacks in South Africa being oppressed by the minority whites though the constant crushing of their hopes, dreams and souls (if you believe in such things) through systemic, economic, social and historical oppression.
Anyways, ten years ago Rebecca Solnit wrote an essay that summed up this oppression very well:
“Men explain things to me, and other women, whether or not they know what they’re talking about. … Every woman knows what I’m talking about.
It’s the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world.
It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence.”
...and, yes... this essay has also been credited with launching the term “mansplaining” even though Ms. Solnit didn't use the term. (she is the writer who had some man she encountered at a party "explain" her book to her after ignoring that she told him she was the author... ::roll eyes::)
She also is the person who coined one of my favorite sayings:
“It is an old truism that knowledge is power. The inverse—that power is often ignorance—is rarely discussed.”
SOOOOOO... I'm hoping some of the people here watch the following interview of Ms. Solnit and then actually think about what she says in regards to their own actions and words...
I'm not holding my breath expecting that to happen, BTW... (and I'm sure someone here will "man'splain" to me why I shouldn't think that way...)