Editorial


Gender Agenda

Gender Agenda

Issue 5 Easter 2003

The magazine of


Women's Union

Editorial

But it’s all OK now – we’ve won the war! Hurrah! Somehow that isn’t quite my sentiment at the
moment. Apart from not being particularly fond of war in the first place, why is the US/UK
attack against Iraq named “The War” over and above every other conflict that’s going on in the
world at the moment, be it military, psychological or social? All of those wars that we DON’T
hear about and don’t get 24-7 coverage of. It really has been brought home in the past couple
of weeks that although most of us may never have had our lives literally bombed to pieces,
every day we face wars (coming in various guises) against our lives, our beliefs and
ourselves. And the greatest danger is not even recognising that they are there. In the past
year as editor of Gender Agenda I have started (and I emphasise started) to become aware of
many of the issues that we face as humans living in a still very patriarchal society. But I
have also noticed that highlighting this, highlighting the injustices and latent sexism that
does surround our every day lives, people may well turn around and accuse authors of those
sentiments of being biased, or even having an attitude which is damaging to feminism. It does
feel uncomfortable to have brought to your awareness that the world you live in, that you
thought was safe and just, in fact is not. And those feelings of discomfort are often easier
to ignore than to deal with. But as with every step of progress in this world, in the
beginning it didn’t feel comfortable, but there were people who were willing to stick with the
discomfort, to work through it and to come out the other side feeling a lot better for it. My
year editing has definitely been uncomfortable at times. But I can still see the silk sheets
that await me and I’m sure as hell gonna keep trying to reach them.

Tigger

 


 

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