Attitudes And Paradigms Which Will Keep Those Old White Men In Power For Years To Come – Guest Post by Deby DePreta

Old White MenWe, all of you who are reading this, agree women’s issues are a valid and strong social issue worthy of our collective attention. I would be preaching to the choir if I were to press for more concerted effort to quell the tide of misogynistic laws and regulations passed by our newly favored epithet “old white men”. What is more pervasive, troubling and insidious are the daily assaults upon females we are all guilty of every day (or nearly so) because it is into such an atmosphere that we raise our children to be enculturated in.

How many of us have either used or ignored comments like “He cried like a girl”? “Man up?” “He/she is a douche”? “Ain’t it a bitch”? Yes, they are ubiquitous in our culture to the point they are almost meaningless, but, and here’s the big but, they disparage based upon gender (or gender-specific activities).

When was the last time you refused to buy/or use a product where seductive men are passively depicted? How about purchasing a toy for a child specifically targeted to either gender? I can go on, but I hope you get my drift.

My point is that while we are shaking our heads, pointing our fingers, signing petitions, and even picketing or otherwise lending our voices against the egregious chauvinism of those evil old white men, we are promulgating a society for our youth which maintains those attitudes and paradigms which will keep those old white men in power for years to come. Yes, we do not live in the same sort of culture the older of us or our parents grew up with, but rest assured, sexism is alive and well all around us and if we even begin to hope to have anything really change where men and women truly are not fettered by gender-binding constraints, then we must do so ourselves.

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  1. Kristina I. Rojas
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 15:18:59

    You can discriminate against someone for what they may be, such as Black, Female, Hispanic, or White, (yes whites are discriminated against also), or because they look different. But you cannot discriminate against someone who thinks different. Discrimination and disagreement are not the same thing. For example, the reason I’m not going to vote for Hillary Clinton is not because she is a woman. It is because I do not agree with here tax-and-spend plans, her socialist ideas, and I remember the record the Clinton’s, (Bill and Hillary) built during his years as President.

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