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Date: 2013-11-08 06:12 am (UTC)
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Okay, having had some time to think about this, I think that your analogy is logically sound, but won't be rhetorically effective, because it simply moves the goal posts.

It requires that the audience grant that women's lives are consistently "bad days", that is, that women's experience of sexism is pretty continuous and debilitating.

Your interlocutor is unlikely to grant that. He will almost certainly minimize the effect of sexism on women, discounting it as simply not that common, pervasive, or impacting. And by "that", meaning: enough to justify the dual standard. Which is how he will probably see it: that you're making a mountain out of a mole hill in order to justify enjoying a double standard to which you've become accustomed.

It seems to me there is a better line of attack in pointing out the issue isn't who someone is, but how the context from which they're speaking. You explain in your argument that when a woman says "real women have curves" its in a context that gives it a certain meaning. When a woman says that, she's generally defending someone from attack (possibly herself), and when a man says that, he's usually disparaging someone.

But not always. It's not okay for women to say "real women have curves" in ways and contexts which make it an attack on some women for not being "real women". And it's as okay for a man to say "real women have curves" to stand up for a woman being attacked, as it is for a woman to do so.

I feel there's also some way to make a fruitful analogy to the policing of masculinity, and "real men _______", but I'm tired and due to go to bed.
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