In my opinion…

 

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In my opinion, there is too much hate in the world.  Too many young people taught to continue the hatred developed and nurtured by their elders and ancestors. Too many reasons found to continue the hate despite all the obvious ones to end it, to move on.

in my opinion, there are too many people afraid to speak out for fear of offending the sensibilities of another. Fear that prevents progress, prevents stopping wars and deaths, prevents conversation.

in my opinion, people are too keen to point the finger, to say “It’s because of what you did to my people” or “it’s your fault because you hurt us first”. So determined to say “your offence is worse than mine” that they’ve failed to see how abhorrent their own actions have become.

in my opinion, it is only when we can make the bravest decisions that we can make progress. Only when we can be free to say “Your way is not for me, my children, my future” that we can have hope of change.

in my opinion, it is only when we create a world where it is safe for a woman to express her opinion without fear of rape, persecution or death for doing so, that we will ever have hope of a peaceful future.

In my opinion, it is only once we move past religion and into an understanding that everyone is living a great and wonderful gift, the gift of one life,  one chance to love and make a difference to others, that we can hope.

in my opinion, living in a world where I have to say “in my opinion” to prevent offending anyone, where I have to stop and wonder “will someone hate me for this?” is a sad truth, a life less than content.

What’s your opinion?

 

Dinah

If this is equality, you can keep it thanks!

sexism has swung so far the other way and it seems women have missed the chance to set the tone

 

In my opinion, we blew it ladies!  We had the chance to set the tone and we took the easy path, the approach that said “Well you did it this way so why can’t we!”  I’m talking about the opportunity to show men that we would not simply follow, we would lead; showing them how it should and could be done, by women.  Differently.  Sadly, every time I open a magazine, watch the television or see a poster, I discover we blew it!

I remember seeing the very first “Hello Boys” poster go up in our area when I was in my teens.  It was one of the most successful adverts of it’s time because it got people talking about it.  There was a fairly even (and obvious) division on how people felt about this advert for Wonder Bra (an image of a woman’s cleavage in a bra) and I remember ranting about it with friends, how yet again we felt like women’s bodies were used to sell things in a way that was degrading.

Now, however, I see images everywhere of men, not in bras of course, but in their underpants and in various stages of undress.  Often the women in the adverts are portrayed as watching or even spying on these men, gathering in groups and whispering about them, while winking at the man and, presumably, slipping him their mobile number if they get the chance.

I’m no prude; far from it!  Yet I struggle to enjoy these images.  I find myself feeling so disappointed because we failed to take the opportunity to do it a different way.  How has getting large images of men in degrading positions made us equal?  Have we all really settled for that?

Frankly, if this is equality – you can keep it thanks!

Dinah

I’d love to hear your thoughts…..