A new UN report has found at least 90% of men and women hold some sort of bias against females.
The “Gender Social Norms” index analysed biases in areas such as politics and education in 75 countries.
Globally, close to 50% of men said they had more right to a job than women. Almost a third of respondents thought it was acceptable for men to hit their partners.
There are no countries in the world with gender equality, the study found.
There is some disquiet from within the drag scene itself about DQST. Gay drag queen Kitty Demure has compared DQST to having ‘a stripper or a porn star to influence your child’.
To my mind, DQST is a sinister attempt to force an adult ideology on to children. Accusations of homophobia have been weaponised to silence critics.
The radical insight of feminism is that gender is a social construct – that girls and women are not fated to be feminine, that boys and men don’t have to be masculine. But we have gone through the looking-glass and are being told that sex is a construct. It is said that sex is merely assigned at birth, rather than being a material fact – actually, though, sex is recognisable in the womb (which is what enables foetal sex selection). Sex is not a feeling. Female is a biological classification that applies to all living species. If you produce large immobile gametes, you are female. Even if you are a frog. This is not complicated, nor is there a spectrum, although there are small numbers of intersex people who should absolutely be supported.
Female oppression is innately connected to our ability to reproduce. Women have made progress by talking about biology, menstruation, childbirth and menopause. We won’t now have our bodies or voices written out of the script.
This latest silencing of women is a warning. You either protect women’s rights as sex-based or you don’t protect them at all.
Male violence is an issue for women, which is why we want single-sex spaces. Vulnerable women in refuges and prisons must be allowed to live in safe environments – the common enemy here is the patriarchy, remember? How did we arrive at a situation where there are shocking and rising numbers of teenage girls presenting at specialist clinics with gender dysphoria, while some who have transitioned are now regretful and infertile?
“Because I do not care to enlarge my menagerie of pets, and I find the animal man less docile than a dog, less affectionate than a cat, and less amusing than a monkey.”
LGBTQIAPP+ “advocates” have been sold to the public as a grassroots movement. On the contrary, this was a highly inorganic, strategic & well-funded operation.
Human societies weren’t always male-dominated. The switch came when we became farmers – and that suggests ways to roll back towards a more equal system.
For most of our history, we have been hunter-gatherers, and patrilocal residence is not the norm among modern hunter-gatherer societies. Instead, either partner may move to live with the “in-laws”, or a couple may relocate away from both their families. According to Hrdy, a degree of egalitarianism is built into these systems. If they reflect what prehistoric hunter-gatherers did, women in those early societies would have had the choice of support from the group they grew up with, or the option to move away from oppression.
“The #MeToo movement is about female cooperation,” says Hrdy, “but getting cooperation among non-kin is difficult.” Competitive instincts can prevail, or events can cause cooperation to fall apart – for instance in times of war, Hrdy says. “Women start to look out for the safety of their own children and their husbands.”
Restoring and strengthening equality will require effort on multiple fronts, she says. If patriarchy originated in sedentary social structures that formalised male ownership and inheritance, then laws that give women the right to own property in their own name, for instance, can help.
Vancouver City Council has voted to not renew its funding grant for Vancouver Rape Relief, citing its non inclusive policy of ‘women only’.
Things could soon be very different in Scotland, where its parliament has voted to make sanitary products like tampons and pads free for women across a number of specific public places like community centres, pharmacies and youth clubs, via a bill proposed by Labour’s Monica Lennon.
The move would cost 24.1 million pounds, following the first stage passage of The Period Productions (Free Provision) Scotland Bill, which will now move onto the second stage where amendments are expected to be proposed.