Hopefully you have seen the blogs encouraging you to vote for CPAF (Centre for Pacific Asian Family) and you have voted.
www.voteCPAF.org I have voted but I was a little dismayed when viewing some of the videos supporting the campgain. Why? The particular artists in the video that dismayed me have also made quite sexist and disrespectful music regarding women and the hypocrisy gets up my nose.
So often with campaigns like this, everyone gets on board but very few people challenge the beliefs they hold which contribute to the problem. Don't know what I'm talking about?
Do you think it is funny or okay to ply a women with alcohol to get sex from her? If a woman cannot consent, it's rape. No means No, Yes means Yes and if there is any doubt - keep it in your pants. Even if you don't like it do you speak up when a friend talks about getting some with the "drunk" girl or does your uncomfortable silence consent to his behaviour.
Do you "respect" a woman less if she dresses provocatively or sleeps around? Are you less sympathetic if she is sexually assaulted or generally treated poorly? At the end of the day a women's sexuality is nobody's business but hers and those she chooses to share it with. Cornelia Otis Skinner summed it up best with "Women's virtue is man's best invention". What better way to control the behaviour of women.
Do you think it is women's role to cook, clean and be the nuturer? How do you feel about women that are not? How do you feel about women who leave their children? That it is unnatural? There are many ways to be a woman, just as there a many ways to be a man. Women who do not fit into the traditional role are often disrespected. The domestic duties, whilst now shared more by men, are still predominately carried out by women.
Do you think porn, strippers etc is all good fun but would be mortified if it was your mother/sister/daughter/girlfriend? Why - the stripper you are oggling at is someone's daugther (and maybe one or all of the other things too).
Do you enjoy the objectification of women - and lets face it, sex sells, so it is very widespread everywhere.
My list could go on. I hope this campaign helps but until some general attitudes towards women change it's pissing in the wind.
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