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Inequality impacts us all!
‘Trigger Warning’ if you or someone you know has been affected by sexual abuse please remember the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre 24-Hour Helpline 1800 77 8888
In today’s podcast (episode 16) ‘Inequality Impacts Us All’ we will be discussing gender inequality and in particular how male privilege can have such negative outcomes for us all.
Gender inequality and male privilege has caused so much pain for both men and women. What can be more surprising however, is the fact that it is so ingrained within our society that it very often goes undetected, especially by those that are in a position of privilege.
As survivors of childhood sexual abuse male privilege has impacted every aspect of our lives and thinking. It took a long time for us to understand that men are just as impacted by inequality as women. Stereotyping people by gender has created false, unattainable images that we are now expected to live up to. Things such as, men don’t cry, and women are natural caregivers. Holding onto these beliefs causes so much pain especially to those individuals that don’t fit into these categories.
We believe that it is important for us all to realise the enormous benefits for each of us in living in a world where we are all equal and each of our contributions are valued regardless of our gender. We may have to get creative and find ways to help each other realise that we will all gain, not lose something when equality comes with this realisation, we can begin to make the necessary changes.
If any person feels that they are somehow more entitled than others purely based on their gender this creates a toxic environment that impacts us all. The most important thing we can do is become aware and this can happen through conversations around your thinking and acting in your own world, following this we can look outside ourselves and examine the perceptions we hold.
We hope by sharing our experiences we can encourage discussions about what does it mean to be a man or woman and how do we treat each other based on our thoughts
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Joyce, June and Paula