|Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 10:48 pm: |
Cynique, this post started out talking about "pimping". And Yukio managed to steer even that into an ERA-4-pimps issue. And when Chris and I (mistakenly) tried to indulge her and offer our honest opinions, we are (which INVARIABLY happens with Yukio) made out to be knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.
I agree sexism is rampant/ubiquitous. But it need not be made a main topic of almost EVERY discussion.
I too doubt that the guarded Yukio would reveal anything about herself, which is fine by me.
Yukio, to answer your question about whether I am a feminist or a womanist: I am neither. And it should have been clear to you that I have "ERA" in a figurative, not literal since, as I make no to any specifics of what was proposed in the failed amendment.
I do advocate more opportunity for females and I even some Affirmative Action where there has proven to systemic/historic sexism.
But I don't think that all differences in behavior, character between man and women can be traced to men subjugating of females, which is what most feminists appear to assert. I think some of our behavior is innate and is a consequence of differences in physiology, biology, hormones and how best we can survive/thrive within the outer environment & ecology.
Consequently, I don't think that EVERY opportunity afforded a woman should be granted to a man (e.g., no men as Ms. Black America contestants) nor should everything a man does be made available to a woman (e.g., no females on NBA teams.).
And I know enuff about feminism to ascertain that, ironically, the woman-liberating Gloria Steinem's of the world can be just as myopic, biased and prejudicial as the very men that they decry.
And I can't comment on the term "womanist" because I have yet to clearly determine what that is.
Yukio, reasonable men walk a fine line with respect to issues of gender-equity and equal rights. Because on the one hand, you want to be open, empathetic and cooperative. But the more candid you are, the more you are made out to be some kind of mysogynistic lunkhead.
And does it ever occur to you that your crying "sexist" at everything someone says that does not meet your limited view of what should/not be said/done between the sexists is in itself biased and discriminatory?
Honestly, were Chris and I as backwards thinking as you and Cynique want to assert we are, we wouldn't even be frequenting this site, which is highly dominated by females, much less chatting with you about ERA, equal-right, feminism, womanism, etc. Most unenlightened brothahs would say, "JEEZZ!! What the f@#$ are those broads talking about?" and just pretty much ignore whatever else you say.
BTW: Cynique, I betcha you would "overreact" too if you had the opportunity to become "inured" in MY..."maleness". ((wink))