Bridging the Chasm Between Gender Rights and Human Rights - BRIGID Magazine

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bridging the Chasm Between Gender Rights and Human Rights

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Sheri Heller, a BRIGID contributor and psychotherapist currently based in NYC, recently spoke with Alison Donaghey of the Think Opposite radio show about bridging the chasm between gender rights and human rights.

Please use the player below to listen.

Highlights from the episode:

"We need to make room for the unpopular perspective. ... It's critical to being able to critically and comprehensively evaluate any issue. Having critical dialogue is the only way to manufacture solutions, to encourage fairness, tolerance, acceptance. There is so much divisiveness going on now and righteous posturing, even amongst women — especially with this particular issue. Old time feminists like Germaine Greer and Paglia and Brownmiller are just being decimated by contemporary feminists, young feminists, because [the older feminists] want women to take responsibility. ... and not become polarized in this state of victimization, which seems to be happening."

"If we individually are willing to examine who we are and what we need to do — what kind of radical steps we need to take to evolve as human beings — then that's how we make the most difference."

"Misogyny among women is rampant. ... Look at the way women proceed with cosmetic procedures, which is rampant — which is a form of self-mutilation — or eating disorders, the way that women are so polarized in objectifying themselves. The absence of solidarity — that's a concern for me with women."

"Part of my healing growing up in a household where there was objectification, a very narcissistic father, where I was very misogynistic without knowing it — because thousands of years of internalized inferiority makes an impact — I had to really do a lot of soul-searching and work with other women..."

"I do think culturally right now — with identity politics and this emphasis on cultural sensitivity and political correctness — everything is so socially engineered to ironically censor, rather than promote discourse. And we think we're going to deal with all these isms by demanding people to comply with these protocols, but what happens is, when we repress or suppress base behaviour or aggression, it goes underground and it becomes more powerful. And that's what we're seeing."

"I'm looking at all the celebrity worship — the whole thing with the British royal wedding — I'm like, these people are ruthless imperialists. Their ties with the pedophile, necrophiliac, Jimmy Savile, was completely obscured. We live in fairly land. When did celebrities suddenly become appropriate for government office? Don't you have to have a background in political science or constitutional law?"

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