Not all men: How discussing women’s issues gets derailed.
Photo by Shutterstock / ollyy The following article is a discussion about violence, violence against women, and the oppression women face every day. Have a care if these topics disturb you. Note too: I am a cisgender male, and the hashtags I discuss below deal with the issues in binary men/women terms, so I do as well. Trans and other folks may well have very different feelings about these issues, and I welcome their input. On Friday, May 23, 2014, a man killed six people (and possibly himself). The murderer was active on men’s rights fora, where women are highly objectified, to say the very least. Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies! Of course, these loathsome people represent a very small percentage of men out there. Why is it not helpful to say “not all men are like that”? Second, it’s defensive. Third, the people saying it aren’t furthering the conversation, they’re sidetracking it.
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