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Fighting Equally

Society has an interesting way of working. A macro-organism with a very simple but effective way of working its way through an individual’s mind. As part of this organism, even if we try to stand out of the crowd and try to change it from its core or deprogram ourselves from what we are taught, sometimes we can act as part of its mechanisms. It happened to me a few days ago. I was in one of my Thai boxing classes and our instructor told us to find a partner because we were going to work on our punch and kick combinations. So I partnered up with a woman who was around my age. I started doing my punches and kicks while she was holding the protective pads for me. I wasn’t holding back with my m

Privilege is invisible to those who have it

When there’s no name for a problem, you can’t see a problem. When you can’t see a problem, you can’t solve it. The titular words are those of Michael Kimmel, Professor of Gender Studies at Stony Brook University at a lecture he gave recently, where he discussed the importance of including men in the battle for gender equality. The following are the words of Kimberlé Crenshaw, an activist and law-professor when she spoke about her theory of intersectionality, which she developed, in her words, “to highlight the multiple avenues through racial and gender oppression were experienced so that the problems would be easier to discuss and understand.” One big liability of the current feminist moveme

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