Why acknowledging sexism (even inadvertent sexism) is important

8 years ago from Emily Campbell, Design Specialist @ InVision, Mentor at OOOHours and DesignLab

  • Dan SherrattDan Sherratt, 8 years ago

    Frustrating line between being a feminist male and coming across as having white knight syndrome.

    Fairly often people just don't know how they should be acting because quite simply it's impossible to put yourself in someone else's shoes.

    11 points
    • Drew AlbinsonDrew Albinson, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

      I can relate to that internal conflict, and my working theory is that continually talking to and asking questions of people different than you will continue to give you a clearer picture and through that allow you to act in a more considerate way (plus you meet amazing people). Beyond that constantly strive to be less ignorant and more self aware every day, and try to check yourself and ask others hold you accountable for your actions and words. Regarding the danger of self-righteousness -- don't stop to pat yourself on the back -- keep trying to listen and improve.

      1 point
    • Emily Campbell, 8 years ago

      The very fact that you would acknowledge that conflict speaks highly of your character :)

      I think it's really cool that a lot of men are becoming feminists. The best description of feminism I have read is that it is not necessary "pro-women" so much as "anti-white, middle class, male superiority". To be a feminist, male or female, is to champion equality, but I can see how that may be taken wrongly.

      5 points
      • Wil NicholsWil Nichols, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

        Asking because of a debate I'm attending in a few days. Taking feminism as "championing equality" — what policy differences would exist between equality and inclusivity? Particularly regarding trans theory and inclusion in female spaces

        0 points
      • Bryce DriesengaBryce Driesenga, 8 years ago

        I can't see why anyone championing equality for all would use a gendered term to describe their movement.

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