Following on from yesterday’s post, I listened to this very interesting TED talk by Tony Porter.
I am lucky to know many men, who value and respect women, and I am proud to call one my partner and the rest friends (these include some super blogging men-friends too!), but the macho culture that sees women as inferior still reigns supreme. I am part of a voluntary group – Manchester Women’s Design Group – and we work hard and with passion to support and campaign for gender equality and a city accessible to all. I see it in my everyday job, where I am usually the only woman in meetings or one of few, where in the 21st century I still have to be a piranha [small with sharp teeth] on site to gain respect first before I can return to being ‘normal’, because otherwise I am just a ‘woman’… and where in the 21st century a bike shop assistant is still alien to the fact that a woman in normal clothes in his shop may actually want to buy cycling stuff for herself!
I read a brill post by Braking Chains and Taking Lanes, on this actually. By pure coincidence. And then last night I happened to listen to this TED talk by Tony Porter. So I wanted to share it, I hope you (guys) won’t take offence.
I give credit when is due to some fantastic men out there, who brake this macho rule, but there’s still a loooooot of work to be done… a bit like the car-culture needing to be rebalanced to allow the pedestrians and bicycles to express themselves 😉