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If you’re on Twitter, or online for that matter, you’ve probably seen the discussion of the hashtag #yesallwomen. This was a response to the hashtag #notallmen.

If none of that makes sense to you, I kind of envy you. An ignorance of social media would be a very nice thing once in a while. But if you’ve been following it, I’m interested in your thoughts. #yesallwomen has generated an enormous amount of discussion about women, sexism, abuse, misogyny, misandry (depending on who you ask), entitlement, sex, and on and on.

I don’t have much to add, but I’ll say this:

I am largely the man I am today because of the strong, kind women I’ve been lucky enough to have in my life. I owe them almost everything (love you too, dad, but I think you’d agree that we both lucked out!).

As to the harassment, sexism, and fear that women have to deal with every day, I won’t even pretend I can understand what it’s like.

But I will do my best to empathize and try not to contribute to the problem.

Grateful to all kind, decent, strong women today. Keep at it.



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  • Daisy May 29, 2014, 6:29 pm

    Josh – I’m so glad you spoke up. A strong man isn’t threatened by strong women, and you illustrate that very well.

  • evelyneholingue May 30, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Difficult times, especially on UC campuses where two of my daughters study. I appreciate your kind, smart words.
    Like most women I have known sexism, misogyny, harrassement, and also sexual violence. I still love men very much because I think that we are all human beings on this planet for the time of our lives. We should focus on kindness and care for each other. I have met wonderful, intelligent men. Now through my teenage son I see how things will positively change. I have hope for a much better world, thanks to these young boys who are so much more open minded. But changes are slow. Meanwhile, we should keep up the good work and spread kindness around us, regardless of gender.