Ten years ago The Onion published the piece “Man Finally Put In Charge Of Struggling Feminist Movement”. At the time it was intended as satire but, as with much that seemed a joke in the early noughties, one could be forgiven for thinking it has come true today.
Women, it appears, just aren’t as good at feminism as they used to be. Sure, we might have been the ones who fought for the right to vote, set up shelters, argued for rape to be made illegal in marriage, demanded recognition for unpaid domestic work. But when it comes to understanding how sex and gender function, we still need a man to explain it to us.
A man such as, for instance, Pink News’ Josh Jackman. Or the Guardian’s Owen Jones. Or Patrick Strudwick, Noah Berlatsky, Richard Seymour. Anyone, really, with the kind of analytical mind comes from not being hampered by the possession of a uterus. Men are much better at dealing with complex concepts such as gender fluidity and the social construction of sex. Alas, feminists just get distracted and start wittering on about the menopause.
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