Let’s learn to listen

Words by Nicole Froio.

Women, despite their awesomeness, can often be told to shut up when they say something people don’t agree with. Although male bloggers and writers can be told the same thing, the way they are dismissed is not the same as women often are. It would be wonderful to say that a hundred per cent of society believes men and women have equal rights to speak their mind, without it warranting rape threats and sexist dismissals. Unfortunately that’s what is happening right now.

If we look a little bit closer at this issue there is an easy pattern we can identify as well: most mainstream women writers are white and when women of colour are asked to write, it is mostly about their race. This isn’t a bad thing – of course we need this kind of perspective and writing – but I think women of colour have opinions on…

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