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sure most women have experienced a sexist undercurrent in some or other form.
Maybe we’re so accustomed to it that it seems normal. It’s unbelievable that in
this day and age, women are still talking about how they are not treated as
equal and why they should be.
is the battle of the ages and it rages on.
and undervalued is often the experience of women. The same can be said for
young people who often have their views ignored or dismissed simply because
they are young.
confronted with the stomping and posturing of male dominance, I am reminded of
my mother. There are a few things that she dislikes more than being mentioned
online, and one of those is sexism.
lucky to come from a long line of very strong women. Women ‘of colour’ who were
also farmers. It makes it easier to dismiss Mr Know-it-all when he stumbles
along. My mother holds two Masters degrees and is the most courageous person I
know. She is a warrior: a modest but fierce warrior. She faced this issue
throughout her career and her battles are now my battles.
thing that she does with the utmost of cool is to scoff at ignorant and bullish
men. She does not take them ‘kop toe’.
not perfect but she is highly intelligent and regards the pretence that men are
superior as outdated and backwards. So she scoffs, and so do I.
around us, women are used as pawns to sell goods or as proxies. Women are
victimised and brutalised and are not protected as per the Constitution. It’s
almost as if women are second class citizens, unworthy of the same protection
and rights to safety and security.
often reflect on the book On Deconstruction by Jonathan Culler, in which he
applies Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction to the experience of women.
inverts hierarchy, thereby redefining meaning. In the book, Culler suggests, as
philosophers do, that women have an entirely different experience to that of
men. He goes on to suggest that, therefore, women are ‘radically other’ than
men – not opposite but wholly different from that of men. Deconstructionism is
a fascinating exercise and I’d encourage anyone to engage it.
What would be
equally fascinating is to say to a man ‘women are radically other’ and see how
far you get…
experience the world uniquely and that experience is of utmost value. So in the
face of sexism, this is not the time for us to retreat. We must rather express
ourselves more. We must challenge set ideas and norms even more. We must be
vocal and present. It is not easy and it is not always pleasant but perhaps if
we persist, our daughters will have it a little easier.
first step, of course, is to acknowledge to yourself that you are of value,
just like any other person.
when they talk over you in a meeting, express yourself anyway. Pursue
excellence anyway. Give yourself a chance to excel by putting in the work even
in the face of this unfairness. Deliver in a manner that is beyond comparison,
unique only to you.
the case where women are the victims of crime or abuse, we must lay charges and
follow up on them. We must use the local press if need be. It is up to us to
call the practice of sexism and male superiority out and to point out where our
social systems foster this falsehood. So do it.
be afraid to recognise your own value, and to give Mr Know-it-all a little
scoff when he comes fumbling along.
- Anneke Scheepers is a former Politics and Cultural Studies lecturer and is currently the DA's Gauteng Communications Manager. She writes in her personal capacity.Disclaimer: News24 encourages freedom of speech and the expression of diverse views. The views of columnists published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24.* Only comments that contribute to a constructive debate will be published by the moderator.
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