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Op Ed

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Misogyny, Sexism, And Why RPS Isnít Shutting Up. Also on Pastebin with no ads to make a point.
I want to try to break down why people object to the discussion, why there is a concerted effort to deny the need for the discussion, and to explain how my own tangential role in it all has affected me. I want to do this because I want to dispel myths, raise awareness, and encourage others to speak out. For those who think such articles are ďpreaching to the choirĒ, were that true, I certainly want that choir to be bolstered, encouraged to sing louder and truer. Sadly itís not entirely true, as is evidenced by the responses any such article receives on RPS. I want to speak to those people too.

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48. Re: Op Ed Apr 7, 2013, 03:03 Scottish Martial Arts
Flatline wrote on Apr 7, 2013, 02:52:
The inequality and gender bias against women is HARDLY a "first world problem". It manifests in different ways depending on the culture. Here in the US, it manifests in a payroll prejudice, and slut shaming if you're raped (I'll go ahead and point to Stubenville to show you what I mean). In some countries, you're put to death if you're the victim of the rape because you've slut shamed your family so bad by being raped.

I've bolded the key part. Sure, pay inequality is part of a larger problem that is serious. That yuppy women make slightly less money than yuppy men, however, is not the moral equivalent of being stoned to death for being raped.

In a perfect world, society would treat men and women equally. We don't live in a perfect world. That some women chose to treat their marginally smaller income as a horrific crime of oppression that has rendered them helpless victims is not proof of great injustice, but proof of their own self-absorption and ingratitude for how good they have it. You know, the word cisgendered, antonym to transgendered, was thrown around a few times in this thread and the article that prompted it. Do you know how many transgendered women are unemployed, and thus making zero pennies on the dollar, as opposed to 85 pennies? No one knows for certain, but estimates are in the 50-60% range. If you get to know the trans community a bit, anecdotally, you'll quickly discover that the ONLY trans women who are not destitute are either sex workers or post-college transitioners who are software engineers. Everyone else flounders in poverty. Not to mention the snide remarks, stares, etc. they get for just having the temerity of going out in public, nor to mention the anguish they experience for not having the security of being secure in their gender identity. There's some privilege for an upset upper-class feminist to check: having the privilege of the world treating your gender as if it's normal and natural.
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