add a comment on this article
Wimmin have been historically oppressed by men. This has occurred physically (by means of rape and other forms of physical violence), and psychologically (by means of treating women in ways that facilitate feelings of powerlessness such as not allowing them the right to own property, to vote... by ordering for them in restaurants, by making them wear dresses from age 1 or 2 or whenever they learn to walk, having their ears peirced when they are still a baby, making them sit with their legs crossed (which is bad for your circulation and your knees), passing laws which (still, in some places) make it illegal for them to go topless while it's perfectly ok for men, etc...). Wimmin are only recently BEGINNING to empower themselves to revolt and break free from this oppressive sexism. You may say, "well, they used to not have the right to vote, but now they do"... Well, they got that through fighting for it. Every step wimmin (and every gender of person that is non-male, for that matter) have taken towards "equality" (which they still don't have, BTW) has been a bitter, uphill-towing-ten-ton-weights battle. Anything that wimmin seek to accomplish towards that end in the future is going to be difficult as well. Older wimmin, who come from a time when male oppression was more pronounced and more consistent, are naturally going to have a harder time speaking up around men. Think about it: you're sitting in an organizational meeting and some guy is talking and one of these wimmin gets an idea; is she going to feel comfortable jumping in and expressing it after years of being belittled by men in similar situations? This is why they don't want men in their meetings. It's not because they hate men, it's not because they think men are inferior or that they think that all men are out to oppress them; it's simply because years of conditioning have led to a lot of psychological damage that can't be instantly shrugged off. If you read up on the basics of psychology, you might begin to understand this. How can you expect people to "just get over" years of psychological damage (especially when a lot of oppression is ongoing, just like that? Yes, the peace movement is important, and if it's so important to you, then keep up whatever work you are doing at let these people do theirs in peace.