Women don’t need viral social experiments to validate what we already know (Zero Tolerance Blog)

Have you seen the one where men watch videos of their girlfriends being catcalled? Or heard about the TV presenter who wore the same suit every day to highlight gendered double standards? Then you’re familiar with the ‘social experiment’ format so beloved by the mainstream media, and usually used to shed light on some aspect of inequality. … Read More

When is a compliment not a compliment?

To understand a man”, said somebody wise once, “you must first walk a mile in his shoes”. It’s a proverb widely reused across popular culture, and often misattributed to To Kill A Mockingbird’s resident moral compass Atticus Finch who in actual fact talked of how You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” It’s a nice idea, and one that more people should employ in their day-to-day lives – try to see things from other points of view, but acknowledge that nobody can truly understand the problems facing someone but that person him/herself. It is in fact an idea that has much to contribute to feminist discussions of male privilege and intersectionality (the notion that all types of oppression are interconnected and can’t be examined in isolation from each other). Oh Atticus Finch, you feminist icon, you. … Read More