Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

Most articulate male blogger yet!

Okay, so today I was flabbergasted. I found Hugo Schwyzer's blog. At first, I thought "he" must be a "she" with a pen name, so articulate and accurate were his article on the sexualization of young women in media, and a critique of the idea that empowering women somehow dis-empowers men. I urge you to read his articles! They will give your day a boost, and prove that yes, there are men out there who get it.

http://hugoschwyzer.net/2010/11/09/the-paris-paradox-how-sexualization-r...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/12/reproductive-technol...

Comments

Caitlyn's picture

Great article

Thanks Rachael, this was a terrific read. Cait x

Farona's picture

Amazed ! He makes some very

Amazed !
He makes some very convincing arguments.

This is another well-explained piece on sexualization of girls by Deborah and Lyn http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-l-tolman/halloween-and-the-sexuali...

Mei Li's picture

Oh I am always looking for

Oh I am always looking for wonderful men like this, thank you for boosting my day :)

"...our compassion is the practice of unconditioning." Jakusho Kwong Roshi

Fungai Machirori's picture

Yay!

What a refreshing take. It is actually quite interesting that you bring up men who "get it". Yesterday, in our gender class, we had a debate session on a few issues. One of the statements to be debated was "It is okay for a man to cheat as long as he uses a condom". One guy was really pumped and went on about how the guy is doing his wife a service by cheating respectfully, famliy planning is what he called it!!! Sigh, some of these guys are still miles away...

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Wow, amazing how they

Wow, amazing how they rationalize that kind of behavior. So many men are still so far away. That is the problem with the feminist revolution--we didn't go far enough to include men in the conversation and help them create a new identity. Helping them see that women "being more" is not equal to men "being less". I love the point that Hugo makes that this who male identify of having to be a provider has burdened them as well, and that they should see their women partners empowerment as a way for them to re-evaluate their lives in a positive way! Who doesn't need more support and freedom???

R

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you for sharing this,

Thank you for sharing this, he is refreshing to read this morning.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Rita Banerji's picture

In the same light!

Well -- I have to tell you this. Most of my co-administrators for the campaign against India's femicide, are men!

And in the same light that he argues here you might be interested in this article,

Our recent post on Gender Bytes -- "Did the film 'Eat Pray Love' show Women's Rights in a Culturally Relative Light?"

http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/was-the-film-eat-pray-love-c...

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

MaDube's picture

Indeed

He is very articulate and he says it so well. The topic he discusses in this blog post is one that I am grappling with especially given the cultural/religious context in which I was born and raised where to be socially accepted you need to be married at a certain age and at the same time while you "wait" for your "husband" you can not speak of sexual liberation without being considered a slut. At the same time I question whether the ability for a woman to sleep with as many men as she wants before "settling down" is really a form of liberation or it is rather another means by which men get what they want and women walk with nothing. These issues are difficult to understand and to relate to :-(

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Letters to a Better World

Letters to a Better World

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

womenspace's picture

CAMBODIA: Ordinary Women Can Make a Difference

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative