Comments from January – March 2004
Holly Combes replies
Hey Gunny, Let’s not forget that it was MSN’s imaginary Everyman who asked those initial questions and not me! Yes, I did take MSN’s word for it that men generally don’t go to the bathroom in groups and I would also stand by my belief that this is the standard of conventional male conduct that, in the past, men have tended to be taught. However, I’m definitely glad to hear men are rejecting it. I’m all for showing up the myths behind those silly questions. Indeed, that was the reason I wrote the piece in the first place!
Catherine Redfern, editor of The F-Word, replies
Editor responds: I have three points to make in answer to this.
a) I never understood the concept that ‘there are more important things to argue against’ – a frequent argument to make feminists shut up. For starters, many feminists see media imagery as interconnected with issues of rape and sexual violence, not seperate, so it’s not seen as an “either/or” thing. Secondly, feminists *are* arguing for rape victims as well – what makes you think they aren’t? Just because we also focus on other issues too doesn’t mean we’re ignoring the “more serious” stuff.
b) Regarding the idea that feminism itself is sexist – I addressed this in my article: “Feminists are Sexist”. What I’m sensing from your comments is an assumption that there is no bias in anything except feminism – and I have to say I’m not as optimistic as you on this one. The view that sexism and gender stereotyping has totally disappeared from society after millenia of being ingrained into our culture is, I feel, rather naive.
c) On this site, “she is a total feminist” is hardly an insult! :o)]