I find value in the discussion of diferent roles in society and the undercurrents of power, privelage, and how gender roles play into that. Any one person's place in society is made up of a whole array of things from the country they were born in, the REGION they were born in, the wealth of their family, their skin color, their current economic situation, their health, their level of education, etc. Divorcing gender roles from all else and pretending that the simple fact of my being female is somehow more or less important than all of these other factors would not just prevent me from seeing the full picture, but isn't too far off from playing into the exact sort of navel gazing that makes us so unaware of what's really going on in the world and between people.
Your gender is one *tiny* facet of who and what you are. Or at least... I really really hope it is.
I find the whole topic interesting... but only if people are actually TALKING ABOUT THE TOPIC. Not squabbling again and again over who is assigned the most privelage and who is opressing whom and why so and so has free floor to scream about whatever they want becuase of this list of crimes perpetrated against them. The biggest victim wins. Being victimized CAN engender deep insight into the things that create and perpetrate that sort of victimization. But just because it CAN, doesn't mean it DOES.
This gets me back to one of the things that I dislike most about humans. The bigger Boo boo syndrome, and how weak so many of us seem to be becuase we WANT to be weak and how many of us are actually just that broken.
The feminist communities on LJ stun me everytime I read them with just how good of an example they are of where activism as gone wrong.