Editorial


Gender Agenda

Gender Agenda

Issue 1 Michaelmas 2002

The magazine of


Women's Union

Editorial

New year. New term. But all that aside, isn’t feminism great? I’ve had
a bit of a feminist reawakening in the past 2 weeks (no little thanks to
the brilliant “Listen Up: voices from the next feminist generation” edited
by Barbara Findlen) and through feminist eyes, the world makes a lot more
sense. The world doesn’t necessarily look better (in many ways, it looks
shockingly worse) but the massive inequalities that do exist have an
explanation. Not a justification, mind you. The world also becomes a
different place. Meetings I’m in take on a whole new meaning – who’s
saying what? Why are they saying it? Why are some people speaking more
than other people? So often the reasons have so much more depth than meets
the eye?and then you get to turn around and start analysing how its all
affecting your own life. That’s when it really gets scary – but also makes
way for those really invigorating moments of empowerment. When you’re not
going to let those social constructs rule your life. When you’re going to
risk being called a bitch because you will, bare-facedly, challenge and
contradict the statements of, heaven forbid, a MAN! Of course, if you
yourself are male, challenging and contradicting another man has its own
hidden meanings and power-plays going on, but the psychology behind it is
still fascinating. Gender is something very few people actively consider
in their life, but speak to anyone who studies it, or has spent time
working alongside it, and you begin to realise there is a great depth and
complexity to it. Gender is not about whether you are biologically female
or male. And the fact that a lot of people think that’s where it ends
means when you’re trying to look beyond that, a whole new world opens up.
So, go on, give Gender Agenda a read. If you feel inspired, go out and do
something. [And if that something happens to be dropping us an email, or
wanting to write an article, that’s more than OK too!] And if you think,
having read this email, Gender Agenda isn’t for you: I dare you to give it
a read anyway. You might surprise yourself.

Tigger Jaye MacGregor

 


 

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