18 August, 2019

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We Need A Men’s Movement

Anne-Marie Slaughter: ‘I think we need a men’s movement’

Her article, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, caused a huge furore last year. But, she insists, we still need to fight for real equality – for both sexes

Read more in the Guardian

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    People are fast in adopting modern technology.
    But they are slow in changing their attitude towards equality of women or equality of ethnic minorities.

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    While all females were born to females no male is born to a male and the impact of the consequent physiological, psychological, anatomical and experiential asymmetries has to be explored and addressed and responded to instead of the currently dominant approaches based on a search for numerical balance, punishment and legal containment.

    There is room to suspect that the animosities and antagonisms between the sexes may to a large extent be contributed to by a stubborn and continuing refusal to explore and understand these asymmetries in depth and respond to them effectively through the appropriate modification of primary formative processes and social institutions and their internal processes and the very human identity and modes of being. Such an exploration will have to include physiological, anatomical, psychological and anthropological frameworks to complicate sociological and economical and statistical ones.

    The persistent and stubborn refusal to initiate and support a series of such studies all around the planet continues to sustain this ‘civilization of our discontent’ in which neither males not females are able to live their lives they way they choose to.

    The advocacy of this need for deeper study and exploration over the last twenty five years or more has unfortunately met with only volatile rejections, ridicule and no creative response and the problem continues not only to persist but to increase in its volatility. Perhaps it is not too much to ask that this task be attended to even at this belated hour and within this critical context wherein the human species is rapidly bringing on its own extinction through the acceleration of global warming and the climate change and volatile weather patterns that are arising as a consequence.

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