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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #305 - Culture, Read: Rey-Robert, "Sexism, a man's business" (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 3 Jun 2020 08:24:44 +0300

After Une culture du rape à la Française , Valérie Rey-Robert, author and feminist activist, has just published Le Sexisme, a men's affair . Sourced, documented, illustrated by concrete cases, this educational work provides the means to become aware of and combat the sexism that we convey, as men, even insidiously, on a daily basis. ---- The author here overturns the famous maxim of Simone de Beauvoir ; "You are not born a man, you become one ", she writes. The social construction of men has its roots in violence, which is the very emblem of virility, which no biological data can justify. In order not to be considered " abnormal " a man must be strong, be aggressive, be violent.
Statistics show that men are the overwhelming majority of attackers and rapists (whether against women, children or other men). A man, built in patriarchal society, is supposed to be afraid of nothing, to take ever more risks, to dominate everything and everyone.

To be a man is also and above all to be built in relation to women. And even if some men struggle to hear it (and also in militant circles supposedly more open to these questions), this book documents how, at all levels, in all classes, all men benefit from male domination. They have higher salaries, hold positions of responsibility, do not experience street harassment, etc.

Men are the overwhelming majority of attackers
Valérie Rey-Robert develops at the end of the book the priority axes intended for men to participate in the fight against sexism. This struggle begins with the education of men. First of all by listening to women, taking their words into consideration without being persuaded that our opinion will make a difference. But we cannot expect women to be our "educators". It is up to us as men to train and educate ourselves to be true allies.

Fight foot by foot, in "real life" as on social networks to dismantle the idea that men are also victims of sexism. Rethink sexuality in general and your own sexual behavior in particular. Stop being a witness to sexism. Finally, and this is a central element in the book, it is necessary to put into practice the devirilization of our lives (at work, in homes, on the street, in struggles, etc.).

Reading required (I wish I could say mandatory) for all men. We know that it will not be enough to put an end to patriarchy. But to be content with facade postures without questioning one's own behavior, in one's private life as in public life, will also not advance the fight for equality and emancipation.

As the author reminds us at the end of the book, there is an emergency. " It is time to put an end to manhood, it is time to realize, individually and collectively, that the sexism and the violence that it generates are the business of those who create them and not of those who undergo them. "

Jon (UCL Angers)

Valérie Rey-Robert, Sexism, a man's affair , Libertalia, March 2020, 264 pages, € 18.

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