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As Britain prepares for the first Autumn general election since 1931, the words of a gender rights advocate in Germany may seem surprisingly relevant to voters.
Arne Hoffman reports on a post in ze.tt (Partner to the major outlet “Zeit-Online”). “Wer rechts wählt, wählt eine Welt für Männer” (Who chooses right, chooses a world for men) is a claim made by writer Mareice Kaiser. It is relevant to realise that Arne Hoffman is himself a left-winger. That makes his conclusions all the more stark, and they are not much different to those being reached by many left-wing thinkers in the UK and elsewhere.
Arne points out that unlike the wording “Who chooses on the left, chooses a world for women”, the phrase “Who chooses right, chooses a world for men” is not meant as an appeal.
Both in the Bundestag and in the state parliament, politics are mostly made by white men for white men, the results of parliamentary elections manifest this. In many state legislatures, politics is now mostly made by white, conservative to right-wing politicians for white, conservative to right-wing men. For women and other marginalised people, this most likely means a worsening of their already impaired quality of life through discrimination.
Germans remember the coalition agreement of their government and its side-by-side explanations of what will be done for women – and two skinny phrases pointing out that men are somehow part of the population.
With men increasingly voting to the right to protect their own interests, the smartest way for leftists to stop the drift to the right-wing would be to make men a better offer. But parties will not dare to do so because they fear getting a beating by those ideologues who seem to believe that mere mention of men in a manifesto (as in the German government’s coalition agreement) will somehow mean that women become “marginalised people” with a “limited quality of life”.
The main vote in the coming UK election will be about Brexit – the choice of whether to be in or out of the European Union and if out, how much out. But there is a bigger issue even than financial considerations: just how much more will Britons accept men and boys being disadvantaged by their government?
Next general election, one question to be asking your candidates is how much they support men and boys, and the principles of equality they talk so much about, rather than implementing more feminist discrimination.