Really interesting article on the F-word about how we internalise social norms, including oppression and bias. Now, I agree with many of the points made here. Prejudice mainly exists in society, in the social attitudes, assumptions and beliefs which make up mainstream culture.
I suspect I differ from most of the other F-word readers in that I think most legislation should be gender-blind. (And everything-blind. I think laws should be made for individuals rather than groups.) But it’s how the legislation is interpreted and used that makes the difference. And if it’s being interpreted by those who think that a woman’s place is in the home, then we have a problem.
This is a good example of how libertarian and radical feminists can come together and agree on the issue. I’m sure that some tories and liberals are not entirely convinced on the number of “-isms” used by many radical feminists, but the message is the same. The attitudes and culture of society really do matter.