About two weeks ago, the New York Times published an article about Ukrainians’ thoughts on the newly installed revolutionary government. It was an interesting read, but there was one sentence that angered me for its sexist implications. I wrote a letter to the editor about it. Alas, it wasn’t published. But you can read what I wrote below. Do you agree or disagree with me?
In Andrew Higgins’ article, Fears of a New Order Filled with Old Faces, published on Feb. 25 in the International New York Times, he writes:
“The revered heroes of Ukraine’s revolution are squads of helmeted young men with clubs who risked their lives to hold back government forces as they tried early last week to seize Independence Square, known as Maidan.”
Are young men the only heroes of this revolution? Has Higgins already forgotten about the many young Ukrainian women who risked their lives as volunteer medics dodging bullets, who stood side by side with male activists to defend the Maidan, and who even formed their own self-defense brigades against government forces? Through this factual omission, Higgins unintentionally erases Ukrainian women from the revolution. The International New York Times’ male journalists should be careful not to mar this important and historic event with phallocentric reporting.
Christina Paschyn, Doha, Qatar
Read about EuroMaidan’s courageous women on my blog by clicking on the link.