Liberal feminism has hit the mainstream. The act of “manspreading” and “mansplaining” are part of our everyday vernacular and there’s no stopping the coining of new words describing the worst excesses of male behaviour. But are we any closer in engaging men in making progress towards gender equality? Men aren’t engaging with feminism enough. All the energy in women is primarily focused on fighting specific discriminations women face but men are not always part of the conversation. The movement has a task on its hands to harness the justified anger at experiencing sexism to unite and make change, rather than divide. There are the Harvey Weinsteins in this world who are maiming the profile of men who have only good intentions to support women. In most instances, men do support gender equality, particularly when it comes to basic feminist ideals such as equal opportunities at work. However, men, in general, benefit from unearned privilege and … [Read more...] about Are We Any Closer To Engaging Men In Feminism?
This year New Zealand celebrated 125 years since women won the right to vote. The Hui's Mihingarangi Forbes asked a panel of experts whether this milestone is reflective of the achievements of Māori women in 2018. Rhonda Tibble (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāi Tamanuhiri), Evelyn Tobin (Ngāti Manu, Ngāpuhi), Ngahiriwa Tai Tin (Ngāti Kahungnu, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tāmanuiri, Tūhoe ), and Peata Melbourne (Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) all said they didn't self-identify as feminists. "It doesn't sit well with me that title, because I don't feel oppressed by my brothers - and my role with my brothers is complementary and added value. I need them to be the contrast of me," Ms Tibble told The Hui. "It just doesn't fit," agreed Ms Tobin. "The whole notion of Mana Māori stands on its own, and Mana Wahine is one expression of that. Because [feminist] is an 'ist' word it comes with a ready-made package … [Read more...] about Is feminism relevant to Māori women?
0 Have your say Theresa May’s newly appointed Secretary of State for Brexit Dominic Raab has immediately come under fire over comments he made on feminists and foodbanks. Dominic Raab, an ardent Brexiteer, was criticised for controversial comments he made while a Conservative backbencher, including a description as some feminists as ‘obnoxious bigots’. The former civil servant and adviser is replacing David Davis as the UK’s chief negotiator on Brexit after his predecessor resigned in protest at the Government position laid out by Theresa May on Friday. READ MORE: Dominic Raab appointed Brexit SecretaryMr Raab, the MP for Esher and Walton, was considered a shoo-in for almost immediate high office when he won the safe seat for the first time in 2010. His 2011 comments on feminism, however, earned him a swift rebuke from then-Home Secretary Theresa May, who said his comment on an ‘equality bandwagon’ was “not the way … [Read more...] about New Brexit minister criticised for comments on foodbanks and feminism
Feminism should be taught in schools, said the French film legend Agnes Varda, who has become an icon for the #MeToo and Time's Up movements demanding equality in the film industry. Varda, 90, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for her documentary "Faces Places" after winning an honorary one in 2017, said activism had to start in schools. "Feminism is not active enough in schools and colleges, and sexual education has flatlined," the veteran director told a "Women in Motion" gathering in Paris on Tuesday organised by the fashion conglomerate Kering. "We do not talk enough about it to young men and women," she added. "We have to continue the fight. We thought in the 1960s that things would change quickly. But clearly that has not been the case." Varda, the only female director who emerged from the French New Wave that rewrote the rules of cinema in the 1960s, has become an icon for many women in the industry. She helped lead a protest by Hollywood stars and female directors on the … [Read more...] about Teach feminism in schools, says film legend Agnes Varda
Designs from top names in fashion including Missoni and Dior are among pieces which have just gone on display at the Ulster Museum as part of a new exhibition entitled Fashion and Feminism. From runways to picket lines, the pieces in the exhibition tell the story of women who have made confident feminist statements through their sartorial choices. Fashion and Feminism examines the attitudes of feminists, from as far back as the 1800s right up to today, as they use clothes to express their belief in the social, political and economic equality of men and women.Items on display include an elegant walking suit perfect for a suffragette ‘dressed to protest’ (1910), a Missoni ‘Pussy Hat’ (2017), based on the worldwide ‘Women’s March’ of January 2017, and the iconic ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ T-shirt designed by Dior (2017), inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay and the TEDx talk of the same name. Additional highlights of … [Read more...] about Ulster Museum explores links between fashion and feminism