The reason I am talking about this here is two fold.
One is that the dynamics that underpin #metoo and rape culture also underpin other aspects of misogyny and sexism, including the domination of space and power by white men.
Please bear that in mind both in terms of the content of your comments and behaviour.
If you want to comment please make sure you are reasonably informed about the topic, links provided in the post.
Why a New Zealand Prime Minister was able to promote rape culture, including the government doing nothing about the rape of young teen girls. If you do make the connections, then amplify women’s voices and actions, because they have a deeper understanding and they are the ones that know how and what to change.
The thing that’s with me most about Mau’s investigation is the utter imperative of having enough women in positions of power to do something.
There have been not only the major backlashes against feminism from within the mainstream culture, but the resistance from men within progressive spaces.
Think about why Tony Veitch continued to be employed in television. If you are unable to make the connections in all of that, then there are things for you to learn about women’s politics.Men have been told about these issues for a long time and were simply unwilling to change.I’m the same age as Alison Mau and like many of our generation I was marching in Reclaim the Night marches in 80s.I’ve had this argument in left wing spaces before, a lot of people, usually men, pushing back against the idea that numbers of women per se are important.It’s not just the anti-solidarity/anti-identity politics crowd, it includes feminist-supportive left wing men who see politics through a white male political lens. Women have been talking about #metoo and rape culture for ever and it is only because women now have enough institutional power that something can be done.