On 27 June 2020, the Coast Guard caused a sexist controversy by posting a graphic entitled "Mother's neglect of care and disaster", in an effort to promote water safety and knowledge of drowning prevention. Some people have slowly attacked feminists or women's groups for the Coast Guard's office. Maybe powder is not "intentional discrimination", but do you know why, we should pay more attention to this "non-malicious implicit discrimination"?
Recently, there have been two gender discussions in Taiwanese society about child-rearing: a sex discrimination controversy in a post by the Coast Guard and a child abuse incident in Tainan. (If you don't know what's goingon: "So you're going to be responsible" from the girl's domestic violence case to the coast guard post: Where's the vanishing dad going? )
On 27 June, the Director's Office issued a po message to promote water safety and knowledge of drowning prevention. We can see that the picture shows a mother who drowns a child because of neglect.
Photo: Sea Patrol Director's Office
The article aroused a heated discussion among the public. In the picture alone, it is indeed "mother's dereliction of duty", at the same time, is also the role of the father's invisible, like a lot of fathers in the message below, said that they also have children, but when it comes to domestic responsibilities, will only mention the mother - you know, not every father voluntarily invisible.
Many people think the post is sexist, but there are people who have been slow-toe or even attack ingested on feminists or women's groups. As the discussion intensified, the Director's Office of the Sea Patrol re-emerged on the shelves of the revised graphics, this time let the father's image also appeared in it, showing that the family responsibilities should be shared by both parties.
Then, the powder editor also in the bottom of the message to explain, indicating that the mapping "unthinking", hope that the public can focus on the initial anti-drowning propaganda.
Photo: Sea Patrol Director's Office
The storm came to a close, and the discussion faded. But in the days after the incident, we want to talk about it further from a gender perspective.
If you want to achieve gender equality, don't ignore implicit discrimination.
We can all see that the Director's Office is by no means intentional discrimination, but it is this "non-malicious implicit discrimination" that is easy to hide in daily life without detection, and then, under the subtle, gradually developing deep-rooted stereotypes and ideas.
On June 29 , CCTV quoted an AFP report , stating that " those who believe that sex ism does not exist are the main force semens of discrimination . " According to a study led by the University of Exeter in the UK, even though women's representation in specific areas has increased, prejudice against women remains the same.
Therefore, we should face up to every discussion arising from sexism or gender stereotypes. It's not a witch hunt to shoot when you see a shadow, it's about taking the issue seriously, looking at the core of the problem, and seeing what else we can say or do.
Let's take this incident as an example! If your gender awareness is sensitive, I'm sure you'll soon find out what the post is all about.
First of all, while most people know that having children is not just a mother's responsibility, in this post we see the shadow of "intensive motherhood".
A gender model that forces mothers to bet a lot of time, experience, and money on raising their children. If a mother fails to achieve the goal of raising a child in all its aspects, she is considered a dereliction of duty.
Then, the recurring "mother-care-taking" mother-to-child narrative, which may form the gender-specific "Stereotype Threat Effect", unwittingly deepens the public's imagination of gender division.
Negative stereotypes create an additional sense of stress and threat, which in turn creates a true response to stereotypes.
"Individuals realize that in a given situation, negative stereotypes of their group may be labeled on themselves and there is a sense of threat; 」
In this post, we do see a few problems.
If the child sees it, it may be assumed that the child is the responsibility of the mother, if the father sees it, he may feel that his involvement is not taken seriously, and if the mother sees it, it may be under greater pressure.
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Do you know? Sexism has never gone away, it's everywhere.
It is worth mentioning that some women often fall into the trap of sexism and misogyny. (Extended Reading:Gender Watch Women also have misogyny: Why shouldn't you call other girls green tea? )
According to Andermaht, Lovewell, Wolkowitz et al., "disgusting" means "fear or hatred of women" (the fear or hatred of women) and is also aversion and derogatory to negative temperaments. Female weariness is a common social, cultural and psychological mechanism. When women are discriminated against, the idea of being "really unlucky to be a woman" is created, which in turn extends into self-loathing, which is the misogyny of women themselves.
Sexism is not a capital offence.
From birth to adulthood, everyone can commit gender stereotypes or misbehaviors, and when we admit that we also have sexism, it's the beginning of correction and change.
In May 2020, Preston Ni, a professor of communications science, presented 10 signs of invisible sexism or misogyny at Psychology Today. These symptoms are not necessarily obvious, and therefore less likely to self-perceive, let's test it together.
- Demean your body and appearance
- demean the bodies and appearance of other women
- Negative comparisons with other women. Think of other women as social and family competitors - especially in the male spotlight.
- Treat other women as competitors or competitors, especially those who exhibit potential and hope or are prominent. For example, girls often criticize other female colleagues much more than their male colleagues.
- According to the self-deprecation of gender stereotypes, such as "I'm a girl, so math is not good."
- Jokes about other women based on gender stereotypes
- Discourage other women from realizing their dreams and realizing their potential
- Applying double standards for men and women
- Forgive yourself for disgust and misbehaviour towards other women
- Accusing women of self-inflicted harm
Walking on the road towards gender equality is often felt in the long way.
Even knowing that the world is progressing at a slow pace, it is in a hurry. We still often see a lot of gender inequality happening, the wounds are large and small, deep and shallow, all of which reveal, in the dark, that a rock-solid system is sometimes so hard to change.
The Incident of the Coast Guard is only a case in point, and the two sides standing in the two sets of arguments do not seem to have reached consensus and balance, how to do better communication, Xu is a common subject for each other.
And what we can focus more on is the discussion that arises after every incident, to explore what we want to see, and what adjustments we can actually make.