Dear James Delingpole: You Are The Problem

Dear James Delingpole: You Are The Problem

This is one of the best Freshly Pressed posts I’ve ever read, dealing with the issues of gender and social conditioning and sexism, and I’d definitely prod you all in the direction of reading it. By responding to an idiotic article, it breaks down attitudes in our society that are entirely unacceptable and explains just why that is. Given that you’re all reading a blog that advertises itself as “writing, reading, feminism, fandom”, I’m guessing it’s a safe bet to think that gender issues interest you, so go check that out.

I don’t often reblog, but on this occasion it was worth it. I’m also ill (even though I thought I’d recovered — my body hates me) and I don’t have the brain power to write something of my own, so this is all you’re getting. It’s worth it, though.

8 thoughts on “Dear James Delingpole: You Are The Problem

  1. Wow. Thanks for sharing. Gender stereotypes rile me, too. I hate that we’ve managed to, as a society, ingrain ideas about what is ‘correct’ for a boy or girl to do from a young age. Evidently, it’s a lot better than even ten years ago, but, sadly, some people are still ignorant (and maybe I don’t mean that in an against-them way, just in a they’ve-not-been-taught-it way) to raising their children in a less gender-structured environment.

    Also, here’s hoping you get better soon. I’m afraid propensity for illnesses only gets worse as you go to university and have contact with a more diverse group of people.

    1. I don’t think my ability to catch illnesses from thin air COULD get worse. (And wherever I go to uni, it’ll be a much smaller city, so there’ll actually probably be fewer people.)

      Yup. Ignorance is a problem that’s really difficult to counter because people get on the defensive when you call them out on it…

          1. Guh, I hate that when that happens. Amusingly, Bristol called me up after offering to ask about my experience of the process. My reply was something along the lines of: “yeah, you were a bit slow compared to the other unis…”

          2. Guh, I hate that when that happens. Amusingly, Bristol called me up after offering to ask about my experience of the process. My reply was something along the lines of: “yeah, you were a bit slow compared to the other unis…”

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