Asking women to put up with sexism for the ‘greater good’ is a time-honoured part of the leftist movement. It’s been written about plenty in terms of the anti-racist movement, for example, and the suffrage movement in the UK actually grew out of women’s frustration with sexism in the abolitionist movement. The unwillingness of unions to support dinner ladies in their gender pay gap claims is another example.
When will we start to understand that any movement which asks women to put up with sexism as a sacrifice for the group, as if sexism isn’t part of the problem, is doomed to fail? (read more…)