Digesting politics 3
You are cordially invited to tea, ice cream and a discussion about men in politics.
What can we do to get more men involved in political processes?
Many people just believe that men aren’t interested, not ambitious enough, can’t be bothered with all the ugliness of the public political sphere. Despite the UK’s two male prime ministers, only 208 out of 650 MPs are men. Why are men much less likely to run for office?
A study, completed by Professor Lawless of the Men & Politics Institute revealed that “Men are still responsible for the majority of childcare and household tasks. In families where both adults are working, men are about ten times more likely to be the primary childcare provider. This division of labor is consistent across political party lines.” The study ultimately concluded that “barriers to men’s interest in running for office can be overcome only with major cultural and political changes.”
Well, this doesn’t sound right, does it? You’ve probably realised by now that we deleted the letters w and o. Seems strange to talk about men’s politics, doesn’t it? Just like we would never say it’s a “men’s art show” when it is all male. Why are we using these categories and narratives? What does it mean to divide political processes along gender lines? Why is it still so binary?
Can we find a productive context to discuss gender and politics, without falling into the usual stereotypes? What does it mean to be billed as a female politician? Why did 53% of white women vote for Trump? Why has Jacob Rees-Mogg’s daughter only one name and his sons have several? Why should a pink bus get you more interested in politics?
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Digesting Politics is supported by an a-n artists bursary. It is a series of communal meals and conversations about UK politics, organised by Keep It Complex. After a dinner in Glasgow and a brunch in Margate, we will now host a coffee afternoon in Birmingham. The Digesting Politics meals are an opportunity for people to come together, meet people they (dis)agree with and have in depth discussions, away from social media hysterics and traditional political discussion formats.
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