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A silencing tactic used against male feminist [[allies]] commenting on sexist incidents is to point out that an ally is '''not a woman''' and thus can't identify sexism, or is patronising women by identifying sexism and thus presuming women are weak and need help and taking care of.
   
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It is in fact possible for intending allies to be [[Condescension|condescending]] in their actions, but the mere fact of being male and speaking out against sexism is not automatically so.
   
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This tactic is sometimes part of a [[double bind]], in which some defenders of an action do not accept criticism from women because the women are [[Not an insider|outsiders]], or [[You're being emotional|too emotional]], or similar, and others do not accept criticism from men, because they aren't women.
I used to think
 
I had the answers to everything,
 
But now I know
 
Life doesn't always go my way, yeah...
 
Feels like I'm caught in the middle
 
That's when I realize...
 
   
 
I'm not a girl,
 
Not yet a woman.
 
All I need is time,
 
A moment that is mine,
 
While I'm in between.
 
 
 
I'm not a girl,
 
There is no need to protect me.
 
It's time that I
 
Learn to face up to this on my own.
 
I've seen so much more than you know now,
 
So don't tell me to shut my eyes.
 
 
 
I'm not a girl,
 
But if you look at me closely,
 
You will see it in my eyes.
 
This girl will always find
 
Her way.
 
 
I'm not a girl
 
(I'm not a girl don't tell me what to believe).
 
Not Yet a woman
 
(I'm just trying to find the woman in me, yeah).
 
All I need is time (All I need),
 
A moment that is mine (That is mine),
 
While I'm in between.
 
 
I'm not a girl
 
Not yet a woman (not now)
 
All I need is time (All I need),
 
A moment that is mine,
 
While I'm in between.
 
 
I'm not a girl,
 
Not yet a woman.
 
 
== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==
   

Latest revision as of 21:33, 15 June 2015

A silencing tactic used against male feminist allies commenting on sexist incidents is to point out that an ally is not a woman and thus can't identify sexism, or is patronising women by identifying sexism and thus presuming women are weak and need help and taking care of.

It is in fact possible for intending allies to be condescending in their actions, but the mere fact of being male and speaking out against sexism is not automatically so.

This tactic is sometimes part of a double bind, in which some defenders of an action do not accept criticism from women because the women are outsiders, or too emotional, or similar, and others do not accept criticism from men, because they aren't women.

Examples

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