I’m kind of frustrated once again with New Zealand’s ‘Too Many Dicks on the Dance floor’* approach to politics.
When I say ‘dicks’ I’m referring to penises, I’m not trying to insult the leaders as people, and I don’t personally blame them insomuch as I feel they have a responsibility as humans to fight for greater fairness. The government won’t implement a female quota – unlike many other developed countries – with only some parties prepared to implement a voluntary quota. A global average of women in parliament is roughly 20% – roughly 30% in our country, so we aren’t doing so great. I mean, women make up 50% of the population; this isn’t just a minority gripe.
I do not think 100 years of male political domination is an appropriate situation and it needs to be addressed and the right just isn’t addressing it, they’re knowingly perpetuating it. Preventing male domination is not the same as a “man ban” it’s just that, a ban on domination by a certain demographic. Equality (same rules for everyone) does not equal equity (fair playing field for people). Because, as we have seen in the last few weeks, we live in an environment that rewards unfair, hateful, bullying behaviour and so we need to counter that. I am more than happy to agree there are males who are unfairly marginalised in society and I’d like equity for them too, but as a woman I’m equipped to speak about women’s issues, not theirs. I can support them. However they are misled if they feel that to argue for the legitimacy of their cause they have to deny that women have a reasonable claim to discuss the issues that impact upon our group.I love heaps of guys, plenty have got my heart and my gripe isn’t with individual guys, I just think men-the-group, have too much power, power they haven’t earned and don’t deserve just because ‘penis’, or because the bible says men should be the ones who make the decisions, and that for a great deal of time our political system was based upon that outdated Christian idea. Not bashing Christians here; bashing that ideology.
I tell you what, we are powerful and we are leaders and if we need to be vociferously aggressive to get you to make some space for us then so be it. But you know it would be nice if a simple, reasonable argument would do it, and that those guys who want to hold onto their power would just say “fair enough”.
So I agree with Flight of the Concords – it’s time you guys “spread the dicks out a bit and create some lady-space”, “It’s easy to fix!”. I’m looking at you, Colin, Jamie, John, also at lots of the union/socialist groups in Auckland here too; Auckland Uni Debating Club? This isn’t just a right-wing problem. Addressing this unfair situation definitely falls to a good number of guys in power. Though shoutout to all of the left-wing parties and New Zealand first who have made concerted, thoughtful efforts to remedy the disparity whilst we wait for the right to sort out their inequity-blindness. My advice? If you’re in a position of power before you do anything public please think: If we want equality, how will we make this situation more equitable? Not just for women, but for others too, I’m not ignoring class or racial inequity here; I’m not saying this issue of gender is the only important issue. I point at the issue of gender, without denying the impact of class and race issues.
Here is a handy guide for organisers all over. Ask yourself:
“Is my event too dudetastic?” Auckland Uni Debating Club… Socialist Aotearoa…
“Are there too many dicks on this dance floor? Do I need to consider women and marginalised-genders?”
“Are there class issues on this dance floor?”
“Is there racial inequity here?”
“Are there too many straight people on this dance floor?”
I’m not sayin’ every single thing needs to be perfect and everyone needs to be represented down to the level of individual, just a good go at race, class and gender (including marginalised genders), and sexuality will do the trick. Those are big groups in society; reasonable considerations to make.
*I hear that the song is a kinda sexist and I’m being crass but you get my point, right?