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Recommended Reading Round-up: Responses to Ian Brown’s Male Gaze article

March 30th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

Globe and Mail columnist Ian Brown recently wrote a piece in the Globe and Mail called “Why men can’t - and shouldn’t - stop staring at women.” There have been a variety of responses, and we’ve collected some of them here for you. What do you think about the piece? Are there other responses you’ve seen and liked?

From Kasia Mychajlowycz at Archive Kasia:

It’s part of male privilege to feel that writing a long feature about what “does it” for you, with no compelling argument, no apparent awareness of the last century of women’s struggle for equality (still ongoing, Wente, it’s STILL happening) or the academic work that sprang from it, merits space in our most august newspaper. It also shows that pandering to male privilege is what wins a paper that label, and the accompanying ad revenues, and is thus acceptable to whichever editor approved this for publication.

From Miriam Verburg, a satirical response:

X believes older men need attractive younger women because young women act as a talisman to ward off death, obviously. “That’s seems unfair to those less afraid of their mortality,” I point out. “And it bites men a lot harder than it bites women, because for some reason, women seem to think the way to fight death is by getting botoxed and filling themselves with poisonous self-hatred, instead of trying to make young men responsible for their triumph over the inevitable tragedy of aging. I’m conscious of it being unfair. But there’s nothing I can do about it.”

At Jezebel:

Men can’t help it. It’s right there in the headline! That’s how true it is! Whether they want to or not, men CAN’T stop staring at women. Staring is also referred to later in the article as “unavoidable.” That’s just how male sexuality works! Do you really want men to stop doing something that they can’t stop doing? What’s next—women should stop being really really good at laundry?

From Lizz Bryce:

It’s the entitlement that pisses me off. “Her body held my interest, but so did her decision to wear a miniskirt on a bike.” What does this mean? Did she wear a miniskirt on a bike because she wanted to be looked at? Did she wear a miniskirt for your pleasure? Did she think, when getting dressed in the morning, that she should dress her body for the express purpose of attracting attention? I have no idea. But the presumption that she did bothers me. Because the follow up to that is that when I get dressed in the morning, I have to think about the attention my clothes are asking for, and I’m not ok with that.

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