‘Men, shut up for your rights!’ | language: a feminist guide

Deborah Cameron, who gave our public lecture last term, on the importance of men shutting up:

 

“If you haven’t spent the last decade living on another planet, I’m sure you will recognise the following sequence of events:

  1. A powerful man says something egregiously sexist, either in a public forum or in a private conversation which is subsequently leaked.
  2. There is an outpouring of indignation on social media.
  3. The mainstream media take up the story and the criticism gets amplified.
  4. The powerful man announces that he is stepping down.
  5. His critics claim this as a victory and the media move on—until another powerful man says another egregiously sexist thing, at which point the cycle begins again.”

Source: ‘Men, shut up for your rights!’ | language: a feminist guide

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