I found words like ‘man-haters’, ‘feminazis’ (a hideous term which marries the word ‘feminine’ with Nazi-ism) and ‘radicals’ (which by definition means ‘favoring or effecting fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions’, but which also has a distinctly negative connotation in the realm of feminism). One female blogger wrote, “feminists are trying to make us believe there is this ghastly patriarchy that is ruling the land and that women need special treatment.”
Despite continued incidences—and there are still too many—of racist, misogynist, and homophobic slurs, assaults, and even killings, despite stubbornly persistent ignorance of the culture and sensitivities of visible and invisible minorities, we have come far in the past fifty years, thanks to brave and blessed souls like Mohandas Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Harvey Milk, and many more.
Not so long ago, my enthusiasm for what I had learned about positive training and behavioural science turned me into an evangelist for modern training. But is pushing my training philosophy any more acceptable than pushing political or religious beliefs? Time has helped me temper my approach but the debate still rages within the positive training community. How far do we go to change the dog-owning world?