Important to note that my message is about our current culture and the uncomfortable conversations that we all have to have. This is the only way that change will occur. Most of the wonderful men in our society are feminists without even realising. Feminism means equality for all; where power, privledge, safety, education, opportunity and society conversation etc are not male focused. Most Dad's of girls I know want this for their girls. Feminism is not a dirty word. Listen carefully to my words I'm not bagging ALL men I'm just asking us to flip the conversation.
Another example is: I was talking to some new parents recently about the Mum going back to work and the Dad verbalising the difficulties with access to maternity leave and child care for working Mum's/Families and how other countries manage this so much better than us, and he said to me "What are you (Women/Mum's) going to do about it, you can't just let the government make it so difficult" I said what can I do?... I wish I had said what are you going to do about it?
Practical suggestions for sexist comments
The following is from The Line:
"...Every time someone makes a sexist comment or discriminates on the basis of gender, it becomes more acceptable, lessens people's respect for women, and erodes women's self-worth. Comments about how "Girls can't think 'logically' because they're too emotional...", "She's so ugly I don't know why anyone's even listening to her!" or "Wearing a skirt that short she was definitely asking for it..." end up leading to a society where women are 'worth' less, have less power, are less safe and are considered second-class citizens..."
So, here are some practical suggestions and examples of ways to take positive action:
1) Address the comment, not the person
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After 24 years experience as a Sexual Health Nurse, 15 years as an Educator and literally 10s of thousands of conversations about Sex and Sexuality - I hope I can help you with information & support to encourage essential conversations about all aspects of Human Sexuality.