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Blog Antje Schrupp - Germany | 27/01/2013

Sexist attacks are not a trifling matter

An article about the suggestive remarks to a young journalist made by Rainer Brüderle, the liberal Free Democratic Party's leading candidate in this year's German parliamentary election, has provoked a debate about everyday sexism. Only recently another young female journalist had reported on hostility towards women in the Pirate Party. Finally a subject that has long been swept under the carpet as too trivial is being discussed, writes political expert Antje Schrupp in her blog: "It's the breaking of a taboo because up to now it was not the done thing to make a big fuss about such experiences. A woman who has made it to the upper ranks of journalism was to be grateful that her male colleagues had let her play the game at all - and keep quiet about any such trifling matters. ... The strong response to the hashtag #Aufschrei (outcry) on Twitter just goes to show how much anger has been accumulating. Women are recounting their experiences regarding such 'trifling matters' under this tag and making it clear that the sheer number of such incidents means this can't be written off as a 'trifling matter'."

Blog Aus Liebe zur Freiheit - Germany | 17/10/2011

Women have different approach in politics

Germany's Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Kristina Schröder, has criticised the low number of women in the Pirate Party, pointing out that only one of the party's 15 members of parliament in Berlin is a woman. Women simply have a different conception of politics and therefore aren't so eager to elbow their way into the first row, writes Antje Schrupp in her blog Aus Liebe zur Freiheit: "Many women (more women than men) are sceptical about the logic of representation so typical of the male political system: the principle that 'one person holds an office and speaks in the name of many others'. This is always a sham, a presumptuous construct, and it's not the way things work. It's a gateway for power and hierarchies, in other words for non-politics. The politics of women is based on different rules, on talking in the first person, on basing what you say on yourself. ... Politics as understood and practiced by women is not based on elections, hierarchies or representation but on individuality, trust and responsibility. ... This has nothing absolutely to do with timidity."

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