Women should be paid less ‘because they are weaker, smaller, and less intelligent’. That was a comment made by an actual EU LAW MAKER (!!!), Janusz Korwin-Mikke, this week. He’s also been an advocate for making child pornography legal in the past, so it’s pretty apparent that he’s not a very nice man. I’ve never planned on getting political on my blog, but this is something that’s been playing on my mind for the last few days. I’m well aware that sexists, racists, prejudicial people do exist, and in worryingly big numbers, but it’s shocking that someone with such a warped and dated view is in such a powerful position in this day and age. I shouldn’t be surprised really, seeing as Donald Trump has one of the world’s most powerful jobs, which still never fails to amaze me.
I’m well aware of sexism and the idea of ‘a man’s world’, but it’s not often that I see it laid out so clearly. A lot of sexism I come across tends to be subconscious, or in the form of someone who doesn’t really understand the implications of their actions, which obviously is still something that needs to be overcome. But for someone to outright voice their beliefs that women are inferior was pretty shocking for me. I may just be naive, but I’ve never heard anyone actually say that before. As it was International Women’s Day this week, there was a lot of info about feminism and gender floating around on social media. One thing that stuck with me was that women are often described as fierce and independent, but men are never depicted that way. I’d never even thought of it like that before, but it’s so true.
Seeing people with such views in powerful positions is worrying, but there are so many empowered, strong and successful women out there, and together there is no way that women will ever let people forget that we can kick ass.
I promise my next post will be less political!
Thanks for reading
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