I couldn’t resist the tweet:
Here’s Why James Chartrand Wears Women’s Underpants /Copyblogger/ – You know me as James Chartrand of …
It links to http://www.copyblogger.com/james-chartrand-underpants/
It was posted by nancysoffice – a virtual assistant who blogs at Nancy’s Corner.
I know James (now Jamie in my head) as one of the great writers over at Men With Pens. We’ve even, I think, exchanged a few emails over time.
When I clicked over to the article I was struck, as I often am, by a great photo and expected something fun and light.
Instead I got a story that reminded me that although there has been a great deal of improvement in the way women are treated in this country and in a few others, we have as has been noted many times, a long way to go. That’s especially true when I allow myself to consider how women are treated in parts of the developing world.
I’d always thought of the internet as a fairly equal place, where gender might be interesting, but had no effect on how one was treated or paid. I should have known better I guess.
Oh, I think the ‘net is a good place for women to write. We can write from home or the coffee shop. And I also feel strongly there is less gender discrimination here than out in much of the brick in mortar world.
My wish, my dream, my hope, of course, is for gender equality to continue to grow and spread, here and round the world. Equality often feels tenuous to me, as if it can be snatched away in an instant, particularly if we don’t pay attention.
Thanks James for shedding light on this subject, even though part of me would rather not know. Your willingness to speak out and our willingness to listen is surely part of the solution.
Image from http://www.sxc.hu