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Dec 21, 2017

Two feminist stories that won’t get anywhere near the attention of Matt Damon and Me Too

If we want to win the fight for women, reproductive rights must be the most important front.

Ruby Hamad

Freelance writer

Part of what has made the Me Too movement -- though "phenomenon" is a more apt descriptor -- so gripping is the contagious hope that things are finally turning around for women.

Time’s pick for Person of the Year came complete with characteristic schmaltz -- a disembodied elbow representing all non-famous "silence breakers" -- and the implication that “the fastest growing social change … in decades” is the start of something permanent.

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6 thoughts on “Two feminist stories that won’t get anywhere near the attention of Matt Damon and Me Too

  1. Djbekka

    Sure, speaking out on social media will not change work places, street corners, classrooms, and family homes, nor will snarking on social media improve reproductive rights. The recent bill in NSW failed in part, because it was grandstanding by a Green parliamentarian with no developed social movement, no serious campaign to draw in fellow parliamentarians, no vocal campaigning by doctors and lawyers. NSW is a hard case – a hard-right case on the part of both government and opposition.

    Consistent, disruptive non-violent action is needed. Small feminist groups need to build alliances and begin reaching out to other campaigning groups to understand the complexity of the issues, supportive journalists need to help by providing well researched and argued stories, not lists of horrors and bad behaviour that supports their take on an issue. There is a huge body of literature ranging from popular (eg. Our bodies, Ourselves blog) to scholarly accounts. I know that ‘what’s his name’ doesn’t like evidenced-based arguments, but they still work with others.

    p.s. Ruby, the existence of sexual harassment and assault and the opposition to reproductive rights are deeply related. Indeed, the struggle needs to continue on all fronts and we need supportive alliances.

  2. Karen Hutchinson

    Perhaps we need to accept that the face of societal and cultural disruption required to shift endemic behaviours and values is going to come from the famous celebrity ‘users’ and ‘abusers’ of the most powerful, change agent and self- celebritizing transformational processes being provided by the social media itself?

  3. AR

    Women have total power.
    However, for inexplicable – to me – reasons they cede it.
    Men give love for sex and women give sex for love.
    Dumb & dumber.
    Embrace the Mother Goddess arseholes.

  4. Woopwoop

    “their economic and social equals in non-English speaking lands”
    Ms Hamad, have you any idea about living standards in Tanzania?

    1. JQ

      By global standards everyone in Australia is among the 1 per cent. And probably among the top 10,000th of 1 per cent by historical standards.
      Australia’s GDP per capita is greater than 50 times that of Tanzania.

  5. Eureka Stockade

    Where is the reproductive rights for men, zip nil nada, until men have same rights as women do, until then women have indeed the ace card, example why cant men have legal & financial abortions as example ??

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