tallshipssailing replied to your post: Apparently I took what he said out of context and…
Maybe he meant girls that try and do ‘lad banter’ and pretend they don’t care about issues that affect women in order to protect themselves? I also know girls who argue against having a women’s officer, claiming it victimises and segregates us.
But would a girl like that run for WO? And as for whether there should be a WO at all, that is a separate argument.
I wasn’t saying a girl like that would run, all I was trying to do is point out that you shouldn’t say it should NEVER be a man. I proposed a hypothetical situation in which a girl like that was running against a man, who actually cared about women’s issues. Maybe (being a man) I’m missing something but I would have thought that you’d want the person who cared most about the issues to get the position, not just whoever was female. I’m not saying it would be right for any man to run, and as you pointed out, I don’t think any man who did know anything about women’s issues would run for the role, out of respect. All I was saying that by actually saying that no men can run for the role you are just as guilty of discriminating against someone based on their gender as any sexist man is. Yes, I’m a man, but I believe in equality for everyone, so don’t group me in with other men who are sexist just based on the fact that we are the same gender.