Why do women show a division
The big difference. Against the division of people into men and women
"I dream of a world, and I think I'm not the only one, in which this tiny biological difference that exists between us, that one chromosome, is no longer an excuse for assigning very different roles in the world. There is Yes, a lot has happened in the last 30 years, but you can't create a 4,000 male society in 30 years. The relationship between the sexes is a power relationship. The first step in changing that is to admit it. "
Power, violence, sex and humiliation are among the key words that run through all six chapters of the book. Alice Schwarzer proves personal experience and observations through representative statistics and research results. The statement that male violence against women is the core of the power relationship between the two is confirmed, for example, by UN statistics: It says that 99% of the world is owned by men.
Therefore, the small, biological difference noted 25 years ago mutated into a large one in 2000. This great difference is not given by nature, but created artificially. Due to internalized gender-specific behavior, it is apparently still the case that the man decides and the woman reacts tolerantly. In order to avoid the charge of generalization, Alice Schwarzer always has positive examples at hand. There are also men among men who do not want to put obstacles in the way of women:
"I see a kind of 3/3 male society. The first third thinks women are human too and are ready to go along with them. The second third is sluggish. The third third has understood and is very strong against it. I would like to contribute To encourage women to bet on the first third and maybe let the second third grow. The third third, these machos, you just have to let them die out, they are not worth it. "
Since 'The Big Difference' is not only a balance sheet over 30 years of women's emancipation, but is also intended to stimulate rethinking, the author not only analyzes the misconduct of men. Women are also held accountable. Through the so-called 'President Barbie Dilemma', women contribute to widening the gap between the sexes: Just like the skinny plastic doll, women want to make a career, stand on their own two feet, but at the same time please men. In the long term, this leads to rivalries among women and at the same time prevents opportunities for equality. Because what do the men decide:
"An American feminist once said that the first step we have to take now is towards reconciliation among women. There are women who hope to appeal to men by distancing themselves from other women and even betraying them. I find these women are tragic cases. My life experience has shown me that men use these types of women but do not respect them. "
Alice Schwarzer's talent is to convey complex issues in a pleasant, conversational tone. She spans the range from the discussion about abortion in the 1970s to the pseudo-girlie movement in the late 1990s and does her best to defend herself against the frequent accusation that she merely invented the issue of discrimination against women. Alice Schwarzer shows that this is not the case by referring to her companion and friend Simone de Beauvoir. The author of the 'opposite sex' recognized even then that marriage and the decision to have children can usually represent the path to bondage and oppression for women.
In the shocking part of the book, the subject of sexual violence comes up. Schwarzer reports on prostitution, gender mutilation and feminicide. Schwarzer's challenge is to pornography. She reads the Leviths to the photographer Helmut Newton. His recordings celebrated the lust for violence. With him it would only be - I quote - about banging, ramming and fucking.
"Pornography has nothing to do with sexuality or eroticism. Pornography is the combination of lust for sex with lust for humiliation and lust for violence. Pornography is the propagation of hatred of women and children. And I think that hatred of women and children is just as serious must be taken like anti-Semitism and general xenophobia. "
`The big difference` is primarily intended to encourage young women to confidently face their path in life by learning from the older generation of women. In her book, Alice Schwarzer is not primarily concerned with comparing statistics with one another in order to come to the conclusion that women's problems are still the same. Rather, 'The Big Difference' is a kind of orientation basis. Because the better women are informed about prevailing forms of discrimination, the better they can react. Alice Schwarzer does not see the need to eagerly open women's centers as she did 30 years ago, but she wishes herself and us to stick together again in the future:
"I'm very much on the young women. I think all the talk that they are apolitical and completely baseless. And it is up to us, the generation that has already experienced a lot, to say to them: Attention! Here you can from us learn and don't start from scratch, stand on our shoulders. I hope that the book contributes to this. I also see it as an alliance between the generations of women ... and a bridge to men. "
Alice Schwarzer's book `The Big Difference` is a mix of non-fiction, combative essay and psychosocial analysis. An encouragement for female readers and a challenge for men to stand up for the cause of women. Conclusion: Despite all the advances in the relationship between women and men, the great difference between the sexes has not yet been eliminated.
Alice Schwarzer no longer appears to her readers as bitter as she once did. She strikes a conciliatory tone. And towards us younger women, she takes an almost maternal attitude.
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