Throughout the semester we as a class have talked about countless issues related to gender oppression, inequality, and societal constraints on women. Reading blogposts written by my thoughtful peers and participating in engaging conversations about gender and sexuality has exposed me to some uncomfortable and saddening truths about gender inequality in America, and its prevalence throughout society. It seems the issue of gender runs deeper than most would assume, as men and women alike pass through the motions without second guessing life and the potential that exists beyond the status quo.
Although I appreciate the conversations, debates and sentiments expressed by my peers and my professor, there still remains an unsettling thought: What is to be done? Regardless of how often we talk about the issue, rhetoric can only bring us so far. The pedagogy that we implore must be translated into action, else the gains that we strive for will remain unreachable. We cannot sit idly by while issues of gender and sexually continue to haunt and marginalize women and the rest of the LGBT community, and status quo cannot remain unchallenged. We can only make our experience this semester count if we act upon the struggles that we have encountered, and fashion solutions that can alleviate the pains of inequality.
So to end the semester, I ask, What can be done? How can we translate our experience this semester into something meaningful? How can we effectively combat issues of gender inequality, and what are some appropriate steps to take?
How can men effectively participate in this struggle against inequality? Or is there no place for men at all?
What does gender equality look like?
Each of these questions need be answered if we expect to see substantial change. As a man, I cannot speculate what needs to be done, nor can I decide what is the right thing to do. This movement belongs to women and it is theirs to control, regardless of the role that men are given in the struggle to combat gender inequality. I can only offer my solidarity to those who are willing to accept it, and my enthusiasm for a world where women do not have to feel uncomfortable or threatened by masculinity.
I'd like this last blogpost to begin a longer conversation over what needs to be done, and how to go about exacting change. I am curious as to what you all think about this issue, and how it should be addressed. I encourage everyone to use the knowledge from this semester and apply it to their everyday life. How can you exact change in your own life? Sometimes the little things matter the most, and the more that we can do, the more will be accomplished.
Please feel free to comment with your thoughts! And thanks for the hard work thats been done on this blog all semester.