I forgot Women’s day

Friday, 13th March 2009 at 9:00 UTC 1 comment

Yes, I’d meant to do some kind of International Women’s Day post, and I forgot. What does that say about how important the event is? The Daily Mail are even reporting that 1 in 5 think its OK to abuse your girlfriend or wife. I got about the worst set of answers I’ve ever had to a feminism question at a Union hustings last week, too. The reality is, women just still aren’t equal.Being around the University of York/YUSU is quite challenging at times, especially the extent to which women are clearly undervalued even more than they were at Bradford, certainly amongst the respective white student communities.

Its annoying seeing meetings where blokes say everything and I have to try and stop everyone so that the women can get a word in edge-ways. And yes, those meetings include activist meetings where people really should know better.

And its not just YUSU and York Uni. I’ve been even more aware than ever that women are still being told they can’t acheive the same amount as men, and are therefore setting their sights lower, or being forced to over-acheive before being allowed up a tier in society. Again, this is appalling.

And the same is quite probably true for women’s physical abilities; yes there might be physiological reasons for being less developed in certain ways, but if men will keep refusing to let women do hard work, what do we expect? The number of female friends who complain about being asked to fetch a man who can do something which they themselves are perfectly capable of doing for themselves is quite ridiculous.

People seem to talk about Women’s issues as if they only affect women in places like Afganistan. But we are a long way from dealing with the problem ourselves. Of course we should offer solidarity to women in a worse situation, but lets not kid ourselves into thinking we have much more to do. And next year, hopefully I’ll remember to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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  • 1. Lois  |  Friday, 13th March 2009 at 13:43 UTC

    I think you’re being a bit hard on York uni there, I’ve been around the uni for 5 and a half years and not encountered the kind of attitude you describe. Perhaps it’s got more to do with attitudes/ stereotypes among student politicians than students as a whole? The types campaigning for YUSU elections are certainly not representative of York students as a whole.

    On the other hand, I remember when I was working in an outdoor clothing and equipment shop and a customer implied that he wasn’t happy with me serving him, but would prefer the male staff because he didn’t think I, as a woman, would know about the products, although we’d had exactly the same training!

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