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Logical Phallusies

Female Abuse As Entertainment

In the Patriarchy, female abuse goes beyond power.
It’s sports! It’s showbiz!

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In India, lower caste women are groped, raped, and paraded naked in the streets.

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In the Middle East, women are publicly stoned to death in sports arenas.

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All over the world, little girls are used for sexual entertainment in porn movies, strip clubs, and brothels.

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In many countries, if a woman walks by herself, unprotected by a male, even to get water for her family, then she may be fondled, harassed, or violated by any passing man.

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Perhaps there ARE worse things than feminism …

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Amazing Stats

Where There’s Sexism, There’s Racism: Women’s Fight For All

In this article, we wanted to share how women’s efforts in the civil rights movement benefit all–including ethnic minorities who are often oppressed by the same root-cause.

A common assumption is that feminism benefits only women. But countries that are the most patriarchal, where men hold power, are really bad places for minorities. Where women have a strong voice, minorities are materially better-off.

Gender equality makes everyone better off on all dimensions!

How the fight for gender equality parallels the fight for race equality

Studies show that people who do not support gender equality are more likely to express hostility towards minorities within their own country.

Gender inequality and discrimination are peas in a pod! Women and other minorities have long suffered from the same concerns:

Low social status, limited employment opportunities, lower pay for work of equal value, poverty, high illiteracy rates, poor access to health care and education, street harassment, lack of a voice in the political system, inability to get justice when wronged, and being trafficked into slavery.

Both have been targets for the disrespect, bigotry, hostility, and anger of those who consider themselves “superior beings”. Both have been harassed, threatened, and even killed for no reason other than their minority status.

How women have fought for the oppressed

Perhaps because we have shared so much pain, because we have suffered from the same issues, women have fought for centuries for the rights of the oppressed.

All over the world, women have successfully staged mass actions, and they have mobilized public opinion campaigns to support progress and to assist the marginalized. Indeed, women have probably organized more mass action campaigns in support of change than any other social group.

Women have worked tirelessly against discriminatory laws. They have campaigned for decent wages, fair hours, overtime pay, paid sick days, and family / parental leave time for everyone, as well as for the elimination of pay gaps between men and women and between white employees and non-white ones.

To paraphrase the famous African-American author, professor, feminist, and social activist, Bell Hooks, “feminism is about fighting against sexism, exploitation, and oppression – which hurt everyone.”

Feminism is about leveling the playing field for all

Women’s rights are human rights. Improving the status of women improves the well-being of the entire human race.

Feminism is about fighting for fairness and justice – which benefits everyone.

Feminism is about leveling the playing field; it is about equality for everyone!

Feminism is increasingly being defined as liberation for all people because it makes everyone better off on all dimensions.

Everyone benefits from gender equality … it is up to everyone to make it happen.

Women’s rights are human rights
Improving the status of women improves the well-being of the entire human race.
Everyone benefits from gender equality … it is up to everyone to make it happen.

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Logical Phallusies

Limit Her With Impossible Standards

Never leave your home unaccompanied by a male. Even if widowed, starve rather than work. Cover yourself completely; let not a stray hair show, nor an ankle, or a wrist. Walk so quietly that no male is disturbed by the sound of your sandals. Be noiselessly invisible, though you are made of matter.

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Limit daily life to a space so tiny that any person, male or female, would suffocate. (Imagine being confined to COVID 19 quarantine for the rest of your life – that’s what purdah is.)

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Patriarchal logic:
Set a standard few human beings could keep.
Abuse, beat, imprison, rape, or kill her if she fails to conform.

Please note….

“Purdah” is derived from a Persian word. It refers to the custom of “concealing” females behind walls, or a veil/curtain, which is practiced throughout the Middle East. Next the headscarf is used by the majority of women in most Middle Eastern communities – be they Muslim, Christian, or of any other faith. Even Western women visiting these countries may be required to wear one. That is the reason for the picture to accompany the text.

Next, read the first slide very carefully – those restrictions have been historically used in EVERY patriarchal community, globally. This is NOT a statement about any particular faith – it IS a statement about patriarchal beliefs, which cross all cultures, religions and nations, and how they limit the abilities of women to function like free human beings, regardless of race, colour, religious belief, or national origin.

If you have been reading our cartoons, you know we have been discussing patriarchal behaviours throughout history and across all cultures. Prior cartoons have referred to the Middle East and the headscarf. For example:

No one wrote to us saying we were being discriminatory for these depictions.

Many of our cartoons have used, without comment, other identifiable minorities as part of the message being shared, which is that we are against oppression, prejudice, and bigotry; we are for justice, equality, and fairness.

So, we would appreciate it if you would think before you pull the trigger on us with some accusation of bias towards any particular group.

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Catch-22 (Snatch-22)

A Target On Her Back

The most patriarchal cultures turn their women into representatives of their honour – labelling them defective creatures, which must be hidden away for their own protection.

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Men in these cultures consider any woman out-of-doors, unaccompanied by her male owner, to be a slut who deserves to be groped, abused, raped and/or killed.

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However, every woman in these cultures must at some time walk unaccompanied, if for no other reason than to collect firewood or water, or to bring comfort to the sick and dying, or to aid in childbirth, or to flee abuse.

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The result:
Every woman in these cultures has a target on her back.

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Catch-22 (Snatch-22)

Turning A Natural Activity Unnatural

Purity, innocence and sanctity, all lost when a woman “knows” a man.

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Patriarchy turns a natural activity into contagion, infection, contamination, pollution.

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And all of it sticks to the female.

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Logical Phallusies

The Sex Is Better!

Men should be flocking to feminism …

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Male dominated societies report the LOWEST levels of male sexual satisfaction.

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These societies revile pleasure as SINFUL.

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They separate male from female, keeping them ignorant of sex, and of how to pleasure each other.

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Studies show that sexual satisfaction for men is HIGHEST in those societies where feminist values are strongest, in those which value gender equality the GREATEST.

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Men experience the GREATEST sexual fulfillment in the bedroom when women experience the GREATEST fulfillment outside of it.

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Amazing Stats

Toppling the Patriarchy: Making Our Children Better-off

How equality and diversity create equal opportunities and well-being for children

Countries that are the most patriarchal, where men hold the power, are really bad for children. 

By contrast, gender equality makes life better for our kids. It is proven that parity between the sexes makes kids happier, improving their mental and physical health, relationships, welfare, education, and well-being.

Studies using global databases reveal that in more gender-equal countries children enjoy the following benefits:

Better overall health and improved well-being

Gender parity and sharing household chores, including childcare, leads to better health and well-being for everyone as measured by positive results achieved wrt family factors such as welfare, happiness, life-satisfaction, mental health and depression, self-harm behaviors, need for medication, divorce, fertility, drug use, domestic violence, longevity, suicide, and violent deaths.

Both sexes report that they are more satisfied with life, that they have better and happier relationships with their spouse, and their children. They also report more happiness and freedom, better work/family balance with their partners, more parental leave time, and more societal encouragement to bond with their children. They are less likely to see a therapist, less likely to be diagnosed with depression or to be put on medication, less likely to be violent towards family members or to engage in self-harm. Parents smoke less, drink less, do drugs less often. As a result, children are subject to less violence (to themselves or another family member).  They experience reduced family friction and more positive interactions, both inside and outside their homes.

Adolescent boys in more gender-equal countries have fewer psychosomatic complaints, are less anti-social, and are more likely to practice safe sex and to use contraceptives. Adolescent girls are empowered to pursue an education, rather than early marriage, with all the many benefits that confer on themselves, their family, and their children. Teens in countries with higher levels of gender equality, where social norms are likely to support both parents’ involvement in childcare, report higher levels of life satisfaction than teens in countries with lower levels of gender equality.

In summary, children in more gender-equal societies enjoy greater family/social stability, happiness, health, enhanced well-being, greater opportunities, and safety than those where gender inequality is the rule.
 

Improved quality of life

If a child lives in a more gender-equal country, they have a much high quality of life than those living in less gender-equal countries.  Countries with gender parity have better economies, more social spending, healthier citizens, more peace, and less violence – all characteristics that create societal conditions that benefit children significantly.

Decision-making is more representative

… and is thus reflective of collective interests, including reduced poverty / enhanced food security / better social services.

More gender-equal societies have stronger and wealthier economies.  As a consequence, families score higher on economic well-being due to greater opportunities/prosperity, enhanced food security, and increased spending on social services, education, healthcare, and development. Reduced rates of poverty and enhanced educational opportunities, as well as proper healthcare and nutrition, benefit children significantly.

Gender inequality is a significant predictor of state instability and fragility, according to a quantitative analysis of 171 countries. By contrast, higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict, both between and within states. It also results in a reduced likelihood of state-perpetrated political violence—fewer killings, forced disappearances, torture, and political imprisonments. As a result, children are less likely to be injured or die in a war or due to internal political violence.

Empowering women politically and economically, so that they have a voice in the decision-making process, makes community policies more reflective of all members’ interests. Gender equality is positively correlated with policies that lead to the rule of law and improved judicial systems. It is associated with greater stability, as well as increased investment in education and health, the support of public institutions, higher levels of trust in government, more public goods such as clean drinking water, and enhanced child care (e.g., school lunches and family leave time). These are all social characteristics that positively impact the health, welfare, and well-being of a community’s children.

When women have greater control over family resources, more income, and financial independence, they can increase household spending on children’s nutrition, health, and education. This change in spending patterns means more resources reach children, benefitting them materially.

Gains in women’s education and health have also been shown to result in better outcomes for children. It should be noted that increased educational opportunities account for about 50% of the economic growth in OECD countries over the past 50 years. 

Furthermore, the longer girls stay in school, the lower the child marriage rate becomes.  This leads to better results for a country’s girls as well as improved family planning, better maternal health (good in itself for any child), and better care for a family’s children:

Each extra year of a mother’s schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5-10%.

Children of mothers with secondary education or higher are 2x as likely to survive beyond age 5 compared to those whose mothers have no education.

Improvements in women’s education explained 50% of the reduction in child deaths between 1990 and 2009.

A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age 5

The number of families in poverty also decreases, as educated women wait longer to get married and have fewer children.

Better family structure

Family planning improves quality of life. Gender equality has led to reproductive control, providing the ability to space the birth of each child, which benefits the whole family.  Both parents can hold-off on having children until they are mentally and financially able to cope with caring for a family.  Mothers are healthier, less exhausted, and better enabled to care for their children. Fathers experience a better relationship with their spouse, and more freedom and empowerment for themselves. 

Children tend to be wanted and can be better cared for as there are more resources available to raise them.  As well their parents are better prepared for their arrival and have enhanced time and energy to devote to their care.. When women are not empowered to make decisions about when to have a child, the quality of that child’s life declines significantly, while their risk of mortality climbs steeply. Children born less than two years apart are twice as likely to die in the first year of life as children born further apart. Being unable to spread out pregnancies also interferes with breastfeeding, which has a crucial role in child nutrition.

Elimination of toxic stereotypes

Feminism makes it possible for children to be liberated from the traditional stereotypes which hurt both sexes. 

Freedom from pressure to fit stereotypes means that a child is free to grow up to be who they are, not who the patriarchy dictates. They are empowered to show a wider range of emotions, and other characteristics, and to choose a career which better expresses their inner self since jobs are no longer sex-typed. 
Being liberated to express oneself and to pursue activities that bring self-fulfillment is one of the key benefits which gender equality confers on our children.

Better relationships within their family

Men have enjoyed better and more enriched relationships with their children because feminism has led to improved family leave for workers of both sexes, combined with growing recognition of how harmful patriarchal stereotypes have been to us all, and leading to social acceptance of males playing a greater part in parenting and a more important role in their children’s lives.

In countries with high gender parity, where men share in housework and childcare, their children are happier and healthier. Their children do better in school (lower rates of absenteeism, higher rates of achievement, less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD) and are less likely to need psychiatric care/medication.  Men also get to experience the joy of increased bonding with their children. Today, in Western societies, fathers spend triple the amount of time with their kids than they did in 1965. Without feminism, this hugely rewarding aspect of being a father would not exist. 

Assault is destructive of childhood. Surveys show a clear correlation between the level of gender equality and the frequency of violence in a family – when the level of gender equality in the childhood home is high, the level of physical violence is low. This applies to violence against children as well as to violence between partners. And the finding is dramatic: Gender equality in the home reduces the risk of violence against children by almost two-thirds.

Sexual assault is as damaging to boys as to girls, and too often occurs within the family. Gender equality has given survivors of such violence a voice, leading not only to therapy to reduce trauma, but to a reduction in the incidence of such assaults on children. 

Gender equality is in the interest of children since it gets them something they want – happier, safer, and healthier lives, combined with a deeper and more meaningful relationship with other family members.  Such a connection with another human being is recognized to be one of the key goods for achieving happiness in life.

Conclusion

In summary, the Patriarchy injures families and children by imposing toxic stereotypes and behaviours on them. By contrast, in countries with gender parity, families make healthier reproductive choices, which improve their lives. They are then able to better care for the children they do choose to have. Having equal pay with men, women can provide better healthcare, better food, and better opportunities for their kids. But, if a mother does choose to stay at home with the children, the effects of gender equality (like equal pay and education) provide a safety net in case she needs to work. Studies also show that infant mortality rates decrease as a woman’s education level increases.

If we want our children to be better-off, then we need to dismantle the patriarchal system which has been, and continues to be, so damaging to families, to parents, and to children.

Parity between the sexes gives children a much better world – greater happiness, better education, and their health, relationships, safety, welfare, opportunities, and overall well-being are materially improved.

In a world with gender equality, children are set up for success and happiness!

We owe it to our kids to give them that better world.

Everyone benefits from gender equality … it is up to everyone to make it happen.

For this post, we referenced studies by:
• Kilden genderresearch.no
• World Health Organization
• Journal of Marriage & Family
• Journal of Happiness Studies
• Globalpartnerships.org
• Humanrightscareers.com
• Canadianwomen.org
• European Research Council
• UN Women
• OECD
• Global Partnership for Education
• Australian and UK government

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Logical Phallusies

We Told You So … Last Sunday!

We recently shared some stats that demonstrate what happens when women are allowed a seat at the table. Here’s a perfect example of what we’re trying to say …

What do all these countries and their leaders have in common?

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These are the countries whose leaders most badly managed the corona virus.

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The countries that are recognized as having managed the crisis best are Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

Here are the photos of their leaders:

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A Miserable Arrangement For Both Sexes

Patriarchy has been bad for women, requiring them to give-up their souls to maintain husband, family, and home.

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Patriarchy has been bad for men, requiring them to give-up their lives to support a wife, family and home.

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The patriarchal marriage is a miserable arrangement for both sexes.

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Man Is Also A Victim

The world men inhabit is rather bleak. It is a world full of doubt and confusion, where vulnerability must be hidden, not shared; where competition, not co-operation, is the order of the day; where men sacrifice the possibility of knowing their own children and sharing in their upbringing, for the sake of a job they may have chosen by chance, which may not suit them and which in many cases dominates their lives to the exclusion of much else.
– Anna Ford

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The things I particularly like about men are their differentness, their simplicity, their cleverness, their ability to amuse and re-tell life better than it is, their sense of fun, their intelligence, their dependence on women, their boyishness – even childishness – their ability to devote themselves single-mindedly to their interests, their charm, their insecurity, their character and, above all, when they reveal it, their gentleness and vulnerability.
– Anna Ford

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Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim.
– Betty Friedan