Here we are six weeks after International Day of the Girl and how many times has a girl or a woman been called a GUY?
How many platitudes did you hear, particularly in the newstainment media, on 11 October about how we must:
- empower girls
- empower women
- empower organizations that empower girls
- empower organizations that empower women
Then, many of these platitude providers went on to call girls and women GUYS, some in the same breath of graveling about empowerment. The hypocrisy is stunning. If we simply respected girls and women with proper words and actions, this incessant empowerment talk would not be necessary. Neither would we need the International Day of the Girl.
The deer-in-the-headlights harassment allegations against Mr. Harvey Weinstein and others provide a timely background to this. The newstainment industry finds itself having to delivery the hollow tsk-tsks knowing full well they rely on, given the reach of corporate tentacles, these entertainment/sport industry golden boys for their existence.
Mr. Michael Jascz of the Huffington Post says:
“Using ‘guys’ is part of a larger structure of exclusion that women face. In many fields of work, there is still a long ways to go in terms of equitable gender distribution (Tech, Science, Sports coverage, etc.). It’s like death by 1000 cuts. As a female software engineer described her experience in the Tech industry, “even the tiniest little things add up to something big – sometimes it’s really death by 1000 paper cuts.
‘Guys’ is one tiny cut but sliced over and over again and combined with the axe of unnatural beauty ideals, the blade of the wage gap, and the guillotine of domestic violence. It is a paper cut that eventually turns into a scar.”