It’s International Women’s Day. Are we equals yet?

Judi Dench and Daniel Craig ask the question:

More here.

Not a disagreement, but a very small qualification: Dench says that men “have hardly any chance of falling victim to sexual assault.” While it’s true that a woman is much more likely to be raped than a man, sexual assault on males does exist — particularly in wartime situations — and ignoring it hurts our attempts to see the bigger picture and work towards the elimination of all sexual violence. Charli Carpenter has an excellent post about it here.

That said, I can’t recommend this video enough. Just one among many statistics that should shock and shame us: “Women are responsible for two-thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only ten percent of the total income and own one percent of the property.” And when it comes to lack of education, rape, and domestic violence — even in supposedly more enlightened societies — the numbers are horrifying.

We’re living in the twenty-first century, in the wake of the American Revolution, the civil rights movement, the women’s liberation movement, and other mass uprisings and social upheavals worldwide — all inspired by the idea that we as individuals are entitled to our full and equal share of dignity and freedom. Yet misogyny persistseven as we claim to want dignity for all. The bitter irony of the rape of Lara Logan during the “people power” revolt in Egypt shows just how vast the distance is between our dreams of “equality” and “dignity” and the way things really stand.

We can do better than this. We must do better than this.

(via FlickFilosopher)


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