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Another man (Adam Weissman) was a steadfast ally as I struggled with the personal trauma that the process of writing the book prompted me to confront. At readings, young men have come up to ask me how they can be better allies to the women in their organizations. And, that's not to say that men who do show their feelings are not also put down. I know of one incident in which a very well known male activist was treated very shabbily by a very well known organization when he started to break down under the accumulated stresses of his own high-risk activism. But the fact remains that the suppression of feelings is a gendered process that is rooted in and helps to maintain the subordination of women. And animals. Let me explain. Several ideas come together to make people think that suppressing, rather than expressing and working through, feelings is the right thing to do. These include the idea that rationality is superior to emotionality and the belief that we ought to be able to transcend our feelings through sheer force of will. Both of these erroneous ideas are deeply linked to binary hierarchies of oppression: male over female, human over animal, mind over matter. Within the male-over-female system, all attributes are classed as either masculine or feminine, with the allegedly feminine attributes assumed to be inferior to the masculine attributes. Emotion, of course, is the allegedly feminine attribute juxtaposed to the allegedly better and more masculine attribute of rationality. Of course, men aren't really less emotional than women, although they may have been trained to hide, divert, or suppress their feelings more frequently and effectively. Men are people. People are animals. Animals have feelings. Animals have feelings. Of course, every animal advocate know this, shouts this, touts this. But most don't think about the implications of it for themselves. That's why I devoted an entire chapter of my book to "our animal emotions, " showing that feelings are both physical and social processes that start in our bodies and are shaped by our relationships. When we deny our feelings, we deny our animality. When we expect ourselves to have the willpower to transcend our animal emotions arava 20mg pills $183.00, we are treading dangerously close to the ideology that prizes human rationality above all other animal capabilities. When we try to make our bodies transcend their physical limitations by going without sleep or not discharging the energies associated with emotions, we are not so far from the biotechnologists who also believe that mind ought to be able to manipulate matter. All of which is to say that men in positions of power, especially but not only in the animal advocacy movements, ought to think very carefully about the biases that might be at work when they suggest that women are being irrelevant or divisive by talking about feelings. This is doubly true for those who lead or work within organizations that use tactics that place activists at high risk for trauma. The experience of being hit or handcuffed will feel very different to the activist who has been hit by a partner or raped while restrained than it does to activists who have luckily not experienced such trauma in their personal lives. Since one in four arava 20mg pills $183.00 women is sexually assaulted before the age of 18 and since one in three women is raped or beaten by a partner in her lifetime, the odds are high that many women in high-risk activist organizations regularly struggle with complicated reactions to trauma endured in the course of their activism. They ought to be commended for their courage rather than dismissed as silly women too much in the grip of emotion. It may be that, strategically, we need to focus (as I did in the book) on the practical benefits of constructing organizations that nurture activists by taking their feelings into account. But we ought not lose sight [arava 20mg pills $183.00] of the fact that this tactical question is a political issue too. Animal liberation organizations, if they truly seek the liberation of all animals, also must be feminist organizations. Truly feminist organizations recognize the reality and impact of violence against women, expressing that recognition in their structures and practices.

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