Lessons from Russia: Why We Can’t Trust Men to Protect Women’s Rights

Speaks for itself… I’m sure a lot of us feel this way these days…

Woman As Subject

The 90s were a time of unbridled optimism. Fukuyama was so certain of the victory of Western liberal democracy that he excitedly declared that  were witnessing the ‘End of History’, leaving us all to sit back smugly on our laurels, put our enlightened feet up and carry on  reading the Guardian in the knowledge that all would be well. Society declared that we were living in a post-feminist world – (we’re so equal now, why do we need all those silly old ideals?) and we could concentrate on the important things like consumerism and working and not questioning the logic of endless growth through the magic of the free market. Times were good.

Growing up in this time, it never occurred to me to question the idea that progress was a linear concept with a beginning, a middle and an end. The beginning had surely been the horror of two world…

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