Paquet captioned her photo with "Une image vaut mille mots, disent-ils" and the retweets flooded in, with people wondering why men seemed to be dominating a summit concerning women. It also kickstarted the fancy sounding term 'hommesplaining' which appeals to my love of franglais like homme fatale.
So what is actually happening in this picture? The summit brought together 1000 women from over 80 countries to discuss how to improve women's economic opportunities across the world. Why were those men there? Well I suppose it is because white middle aged men have the best economic opportunities the world over and can probably impart some good advice on the subject.
Amanda Hess reported in The Slate just what the men present at the summit were up to. "male CEOs in the fields of banking, energy, and law took to the stage to discuss how recruiting and fostering female talent can drive a companyâs financial success."
It is important to be aware that feminism is never supposed to be about...man vs woman.
In response to the feminist Twitter reception to the photo of an all male panel at the event Hess says "The outrage that swiftly coalesced around the photo is typical of a kind of quick-take feminism that has just enough time to count the bodies and plug them into the reality of male global domination".
It is important to be aware that feminism is never supposed to be about, or reduced to, man vs woman. It is also important to note that feminism is about providing women a platform and space. It is understandable that at a glance people might be annoyed to see men giving their answers and opinions on women's issues, however when men want to be active in gaining equality for women we need to be able to come together on the same terms.
Because that's pretty much equality, non?