My name is Joshua Everett and I'm a misogynist. I don’t say this to be dramatic or self-deprecating. However, ideas about male supremacy are so firmly embedded in our culture that no man can claim innocence in the pain caused by sexism. It's my belief that until we as men own this fact, we will continue to perpetuate unspeakable physical, psychological and emotional violence against women. The following is part of my attempt to take ownership. I grew up in the South. Goodwater and Leeds, Alabama to be exact. The living was slow, the weather was humid, and the men were missing. I was the only man in a household with my mother, grandmother and sister. Later it was just my mother and sister. This family dynamic made the magic of black women normal to me at an early age. Despite having my sister and I before she graduated high school, my mother defied statistical probabilities by finishing college and getting her master's degree. My grandmother was our primary guardian during this time while also holding down a full-time job. Even through witnessing these tremendous feats, I was not shielded from developing ideas of superiority in relation to women and girls.
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