Posted by alangdundee on 4th May 2011
Feminism is an often misused term by its opponents. A feminist is someone who supports equal rights for all people, whatever their gender is.
Given that to achieve this it is essential to tackle patriarchy. Patriarchy is one of the many forms our society takes. Socialisation from a young age means that many people are unaware of how subtle the forms are it can take.
The SSP has adopted a number of political positions over the years which would lead many outside and inside to describe it as a feminist organisation. We believe that to tackle the inequalities caused by the class based society we live in it is also essential to tackle gender inequality and a variety of other forms of inequality. We don’t see it as a binary choice (unlike some others…) or think that recognising gender inequality exists makes your organisation a
gender obsessed discussion group
Within the SSP we have experimented with various methods of tackling gender inequality. These have included trying to ensure equal representation of men and women inside the various elected bodies of the SSP. We also try to ensure in elections we have equal representation of men and women, especially at the top of the list.
At the last council elections in Dundee we only stood 8 candidates. Not only did we have the highest percentage of female candidates (50%), at 4 we shockingly had the most female candidates. Labour had 16 candidates but only 1 woman standing!
Read the whole A-Z of the SSP here