Who sanctions the political debates?

In our societies, men are brought up with phenomenal ignorance, reflected into whole spectrum of insecurities and whenever woman speaks of her experience, it is ultimately perceived as attempt of indoctrination.  This irrational fear tends to tone down or delegitimize the debate on gender equality. This amplification mechanism is embedded in our political practices too and is contributing to status quo.  As we are pretending to progress towards gender-aware governance, it is astonishing to see the revitalization of men-led popular movements. It’s becoming apparent that non-male voices are being appropriated by the cause of a political revolution and thus, combating modern day sexism is truly frustrating.

I’m a male strongly attached to the leftist identity. For a very long time, I was considering my body and mind completely liberated from sexism – I had no habit of intentional discriminatory behavior and was poked and punched by patriarchy myself not once or twice. Looking at myself and my fellow activists I realized that we were all staring at the heavily airbrushed image of feminist men. We have figured our ways to whole new domain of political power by marching for gender equality with a rainbow flag in our masculine hands. My point is that non-male voices are still severely underrepresented and this has something to do with the power dynamics in our societies: it keeps circulating within the hemisphere of the hegemonic masculinity. We successfully replicated smelly social systems only camouflaged with our preferable politicized green/red color filters. (This is a social media analogy)

My friend once said: “privilege is like herpes, you either have it or not”. Brilliant. In case you have them, you surely are aware! Your body can feel it. It’s too embarrassing to talk about and you are forced to abstain from particular behavior. Oh and avoid treatment unless it’s absolutely necessary. A few weeks back, our green family members were shockingly accused of sexual harassment by their own colleagues. What’s even more shocking is that this didn’t come as a surprise to many. This story still waits to be addressed by the rest of the family but no structural discussion is anywhere to be found yet, which gives me slightly uncomfortable feeling. Would openly addressing sexism in our movement compromise our image as the most inclusive and progressive? Who sanctions these debates?

In my next blogs I will elaborate on the issue of sexism within the progressive movements.

/Gio Megrelishvili

Project Manager at the Federation of Young European Greens

Gender Studies master programme graduate 

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