A Liberal Democrat Women's Policy? What do we need one of those for?

The Liberal Democrats Women's Policy Consultation Paper is up here.

From a quick first glance it looks pretty good and is seeking to address some of the issues that I've been writing about on this blog over the last 2 years; but I shall report back later when I've had a chance to read it properly.

Please go and have a look at it; and that includes men as well as women - any policy on women is going to affect men as well, so better you get your say now and ensure that the policy (whatever that's going to be) has a better chance of getting passed at Conference.

Oh, and if you're wondering why we, as Liberals, need a Women's Policy then click on the link above and have a read - they've anticipated the question!


Jennie said...
12 Jan 2009, 17:33:00

"Some would ask whether, in the 21st century, it is still necessary to produce policy specifically aimed at women."

Some would ask why, in the 21st century, the party thinks that work/life balance, family, and being a carer is solely a matter for women...

Jo Christie-Smith said...
12 Jan 2009, 18:49:00

It isn't and, to be fair to the policy working group, there is a whole section on men.

However, although your experience might be different, there is still gender stereotyping around what roles men and women fulfil and I think to try and create policy ignoring that is be create a recipe for irrelevance and indifference.

Jennie said...
12 Jan 2009, 19:01:00

Jo, I experience gender stereotyping all the time, and I don't FIT those stereotypes, and that's one of the things that irks me. I'm very selfish, you see, and "women's policy" like this seems to be purposefully set up to excluse me, and others like me, who don't fit the stereotypes we are supposed to.

The other problem being, of course, that pandering to stereotypes perpetuates them, rather than helping to eradicate them.

And the other other problem being that a women's policy group which has a "whole section" on men is rather similar to men deciding policy for women, and isn't that one of the things that feminists complain about?

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