We often wonder how once reasonable people end up abandoning their principles and support obvious dictators and despots who are only concerned for their own gain.
Anne Applebaum’s article* in ‘The Atlantic’ suggested common reasons. She used historical situations to explain why the US Republicans have supported Trump, despite what is obvious to most of the world – that Trump is shaping the US into a dictatorship, despite the apparent democratic processes and institutions that exist there. As this process is also occurring in a large number of countries (eg China, Russia, Venezuela, Hungary, Poland, Philippines), it’s worth looking at why individuals might do this.Read More »
Last week a friend gave me a great big hug for Christmas. I hugged her back. This week a friend of a friend passed on her friend’s instructions to give me a hug. I sent a hug back to her. I really appreciated and enjoyed both hugs. Separately, at a group’s Christmas function, contact varied from nothing, to a handshake to a peck on the cheek. So, after two years of #MeToo, how do we stand on touching between sexes?Read More »
Having attended some wonderful weddings recently, I’ve found myself reflecting on marriage – as it evolves – compared with the expectations expressed at a wedding ceremony and also whether #MeToo is impacting weddings and marriage expectations.Read More »
As #MeToo rumbles through society and radicalism infects disaffected young men, it seems clear that, while women are asserting themselves, many men are feeling increasingly emasculated. The old make roles of family breadwinner, provider of strength and protection, being unemotional, putting up with/sacrificing one’s life for the family are going or gone. #MeToo is a reaction to unequal power – physical power, sexual power, aggression. Men have more of these.
As horizons expand for women, they are seen to be contracting for men. Why will men accept equality, when men want to be aggressive, have the power to be aggressive? If we want social equality, how can we breed out, train out or control these innate male characteristics? What role does a man have when a woman is better educated, can earn as much, can hire strength, buy protection and live alone – with or without children, with or without a man, let alone a husband?Read More »
Another stage in the sexual equality revolution has finally arrived. I’m thrilled – and stunned – by the rapid spread from Weinstein to the outing of many other outrageous men to #MeToo and now to #meNOmore, as women across the world stand up in many industries against the organisational and reputational power which men have exerted over them. We’ve come a long way since Mad Men.Read More »