Jacob Lynagh puts forth some potentially divisive and controversial #QuestionsForWomen in response to Clementine Ford’s #QuestionsForMen.
Daily Life columnist Clementine Ford took to Twitter this week to ask men questions about the trials they experience in life, in comparison to the daily troubles faced by Australian women.
The hashtag #QuestionsForMen spread internationally, and became a rallying call for exposing the plethora of hardships women face in developed nations.
The #QuestionsForMen were directed toward men because of the assumption that most hardships for women are because of men.
It is a shame that from the outset #QuestionsForMen was about “us vs them” and placing blame, because all it achieved was aiding in diminishing what men actually go through.
So in response to Clementine Ford and Daily Life, I have some #QuestionsForWomen:
- When you have a hostile disagreement with a member of the opposite sex in public, is it common for you to be arrested as a part of policy?
- Have you ever had trouble breaking into your chosen field because they only hire female writers?
- Do you worry on a daily basis that a stranger on the street might murder you in cold blood?
- How many of your female friends have been falsely accused of rape?
- Have you changed your career path after weighing up the pros and cons, and deciding that the risk of being labeled a predator was too high?
- Does this mean that public education is systematically tailored against you?
- When you try to advocate for the rights of your gender, are you often dismissed as uneducated, abusive or misogynist?
- Have you ever felt dehumanised by the fact that advocating for the rights of your gender is not considered a part of human rights advocacy?
- Are people terrified by members of your gender being rapists, solely on the back of a false statistic?
- Can you report domestic violence and be assured that you will be taken seriously?
- When you report rape, are you hounded by the fact that there is only a nine percent chance of conviction?
- Is the fear of joining the unsheltered homelessness present in your day-to-day life?
- How many women in Australia have had their genitals forcefully mutilated at birth?
- Have you ever lost out on a position in work or education because there weren’t enough male applicants?
- How likely is it that your children will be taken from you, or for you to grow up without a female role model?
- Is it socially acceptable for you to advocate for the rights of your gender?
- Is femininity considered negative, aggressive or destructive?
- How likely is it that you are going to die on the job?
- Is your gender going to positively or negatively impact your arrest, conviction and sentencing if you commit a crime?
- How likely is it that you are going to commit suicide?
- Toward which gender is government funding biased when it comes to issues such as domestic violence, rape, health and homelessness?
- Why does research into breast and ovarian cancers receive $124 million more government funding than prostate and testicular cancers, when men are twice as likely to die from cancer?
- How often do people assume you are filled with malice due to your gender, or assume you are to blame?
- How likely are you to die because of the domestic violence you suffer?
- How often are your motives questioned when you are around children?
- How many scholarships are you not eligible for because of your gender?
- If you want access to contraceptives, are you forced to pay full price?
- Have you ever been called creepy, because your feelings toward a person are not reciprocated?
- When large wars break out overseas, are you forced to think about what you will do if the draft is reinstated?
- When you admit that you are a victim of rape, how many people laugh, tell you that you’re lucky, and try to high five you?
- Have you ever questioned whether it is possible for men to rape women?
- In how many areas does the state discriminate against women?
- Why do writers continue to make a career out of making men’s/women’s rights an ‘us vs them’ issue?
Human rights shouldn’t be an issue that pits humans against each other, but unfortunately that is what works for feminism. We all face hardships in life because life is hard, but why do we insist on blaming entire sections of the population for our problems?
When we get into the difficulties we have in the west; like having our feelings hurt, and being asked uncomfortable questions, we tend to forget the difficulties people face in less fortunate nations; like being threatened for going to school, and being burned alive.
I’m not saying people have no right to be upset about issues they face, by all means go ahead, but when you have an international audience, isn’t it a shame not to put things into perspective?
Isn’t it a shame to place blame on nearly half of the population?
I implore all of you to read the references cited in this article; they might just shine a little light through the fog.
Hopefully then we can begin to come together as a people, instead of letting experts turn us into ideological cannon fodder.