If you continually bomb another country and kill their civilians, not only the people of that country but the part of the world that identifies with it will increasingly despise the country doing it.
That’s the ultimate irony, the most warped paradox, of US discourse on these issues: the very policies that Americans constantly justify by spouting the Terrorism slogan are exactly what causes anti-American hatred and anti-American Terrorism in the first place. The most basic understanding of human nature renders that self-evident, but this polling data indisputably confirms it.
Glenn Greenwald, “Obama, the US & the Muslim world: The animosity deepens”
A Gallup poll released on Thursday surveyed public opinion of the US in Pakistan where ”more than nine in 10 Pakistanis (92%) disapprove of US leadership and 4% approve, the lowest approval rating Pakistanis have ever given”. Worse, “a majority (55%) say interaction between Muslim and Western societies is ‘more of a threat’ [than a benefit], up significantly from 39% in 2011.”
If a young woman in middle school or high school hangs up a poster of Barack Obama in her room, this is seen as acceptable. It’s fine for women to admire men and want to be like them.
If a young man (the same age) hangs up a poster of Hillary Clinton in his room, this is seen as odd (maybe even troubling, is he gay? Oh no!).
Society tells us young men can’t think of women as role models, unless they’re a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.
If you’re a young man, and if you have a poster on your wall with a woman, she had better be half-naked in a bikini, even if the Ronald Reagan or Gen. Patton poster next to it obviously features the man fully-clothed.
Young men are not to taught to think of women as role models. They are taught to think of them as either family members or sexual objects. There is no other category presented.
THIS IS SO TRUE!
I’ve recently gotten obsessed with Jeri Ellsworth. (She is a self-taught Electrical Engineer and very brilliant.)
When my friend saw that I was following her on facebook he messaged me with this comment:
“She’s pretty hot.”
That in itself isn’t a bad thing. I mean, I find her attractive too but that’s all he saw her as. That’s also all he sees Felicia Day as. I always feel ashamed that he was the one who introduced me to her and that he introduced her as a “Hot nerd girl”.
I felt like he wasn’t seeing Jeri for all her achievements or Felicia for all her contributions to gaming culture. He just saw them as hot nerd girls.
That scares me. What if you were a girl trying to make it through the field and you weren’t conventionally attractive.