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Is This Male-Only Feminism Panel in Mexico the Definition of Machismo?

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October 4, 2017

FEMEN protester bares all in Mexico to integrate body and message for maximum impact (Pintrest)

Mexico’s largest university, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Unam), is hosting a feminism conference this month. Yay, women! The two panels, consisting of 11 participants, are made up totally of men. Wait, huh?

That’s right, the event, which will honor feminist scholar Marta Lamas, is taking an unexpected format. Lamas, who is also hosting, will debate the men solo rather than including other women in the discussion.

Naturally, given the country’s history of underrepresenting women, people are calling the university out.

Feminist blogger Ana Gonzalez tweeted, “Feminism for dummies: we don’t have a single representative, there are many of us and we’re very diverse. Invite many women to your debates.

Another Twitter user, Atardecer Ranchero, wrote, “What’s next? A conference on racism with only white people?”

Since this is a pro-women meeting, the lack of, well, women, does seem odd. And in a country where mujeres have been consistently left out of roles in politics and government, are paid less than men and are abused and killed in record numbers, they could use every opportunity to give more women a platform.

But, maybe the set up is in itself making a statement?

Read the rest at Latina

Related: Outrage Greets Mexican Feminism Panel with 11 Participants – All of Them Male (The Guardian)

Related: Feminism, Not Hugh Hefner, Liberated Sex (The Nation)

Related: Photo Essay: Women's Protests Around the World (openDemocracy)

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