Submitted as food for thought: Angelina Jolie said the following, as reported by Time magazine and found here:
There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman, and there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership.
Ain’t that interesting? Flip the genders in the above sentence and it becomes offensive to just about everyone in every non-backward society as blatantly sexist. There would be screaming, and lots of it if a male actor were to stand up and proudly make the flipped version of that statement publicly. His career would be over and no one would want to be associated with him so he’d find it extremely difficult to start a second career. Society would punish him severely for it.
The greater context of the article is that Ms. Jolie is active in trying to end violence against women. I’m all for that, but I wonder why she’s in the feminist bunker when every statistical analysis ever done without gender bias, and there are many of them, has proven that the three big demographics when ordered by prevalence of their victimization by violence is men, then women, then children. What they’ve all got in common, in addition to being victims of violence, is being human. If that’s less important to you than their genders, you’re a sexist, too.
People who understand what’s happening in the conflict zones and in the areas around the diamond mines of the African continent know that it’s not “a women’s issue”. More men than women are victims, but they get far less publicity. I’m not saying that we should shift our sympathies from the women to the men, but that we should increase our sympathies so the men will be included.
I suggest that we might also consider that no woman who wears a diamond has the first fuck to give about the victims of that violence Ms. Jolie believes she’s combating. Even if one can conclusively prove that one specific rock has no blood on it, wearing the things promotes the wearing of them. If the public’s perception of diamonds was what it ought to be when facts are considered, it would be considered shameful to wear one.