More on the shunning proposal

NewAPPS has a follow-up post discussing all the attention that’s been paid to their posts on sexual harassment, and responding to misconceptions. They do a great job with it. One thing I especially appreciated was this:

It is a bit disturbing that our initial post received so much attention for repeating things women feminists have been saying for years. Men who are feminists need not apologize for taking action in their own names and as feminists – indeed, we urge them to do so – but at the same time men need to be aware of, and to disavow, the privilege their words receive even in the context of feminist intervention. Such privilege is a mark of how much work remains to be done. Let’s get to work, then!

5 thoughts on “More on the shunning proposal

  1. I was thinking about the highlighted issue recently when writing a syllabus for a feminist philosophy course I hope to teach some day. I’ve heard plenty of stories of instructors being labeled by students as “too feminist” or something wild like “man-hating lesbian” and realized that probably no student is going to say I’m a “man-hating lesbian” for putting Mary Daly on the syllabus.

  2. I guess this is a special relation to write or speak related to woman’s issues/intellectuality AS a man. Is it really the COMPLEXITY of this relation showing itself, and not lending itself to disavowal… which…

    …Feminism is just a continuance and endless rebirth of ‘bravery’.

  3. Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve linked the article in comments at my post on sexual harassment and the victim’s perspective. This article illustrates precisely how f****** hard it is to come forward in such cases.

  4. Should it be said that the shunning idea is a great idea. That even though the circumstance doesn’t necessarily require a response from one, one might as well respond by shunning anyway.

    Lean Forward.

  5. Please disregard my comment above, it was meant for a different post! (on the policeman who became a rape victim)
    But anyway, glad to hear that you think the post does a good job at clarifying some misunderstandings. The three guys (Mark, John and Eric) were genuinely surprised to notice how much more attention the got by saying the same things that have been said by women for so long.

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