Do I have a problem with Feminism? I was asked this question this morning.....
My answer is that I have a problem with what Feminism has become but not where it came from.
“Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies which share a common stated aim: to define, establish, and defend equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist generally self-defines as advocating for or supporting the rights and equality of women. Feminist theory, which emerged from feminist movements, aims to understand the nature of gender inequality by examining women's social roles and lived experience; it has developed theories in a variety of disciplines in order to respond to issues such as the social construction of sex and gender. ]”
So like I said I advocate the origins of Feminism where woman fought for the equal rights of woman to men which we of course should have we should have the right to an education, a right to vote and a right to contraceptives, the choice to marry whom we want to when we want to, the right to be protected and not abused and neglected that I all in heart agree with and in that case yes I am a feminist.
I believe that a woman could do anything a man can if she puts her mind to it why not and she should be able to.
However I also personally prefer woman wear skirts/ dresses and have long hair, I just love it when a woman looks like... well a woman, I also believe that a woman should be able to stay at home and raise her children- so in that way I am not what would be termed a feminist I also believe that as much as a woman can do what a man can it doesn’t mean that they should ie cuss like a sailor fine do it but I just don’t think it very lady like, I don’t even like it when a man swears like a sailor but anyhoo…. Just a point here I have many lovely lady friends who cuss like sailors I still love them all!
Having said that though these are all personal preferences and I would never judge someone for short hair or anything like that just because it doesn't suit me! Maybe it is just a remaining trait for a previous life that Ive hung onto I don't know but Ive been this way since childhood.
Today however feminists or at least some of them seem to have become the poster children for anti-men campaigns even reaching the point of woman are better than men and we don’t need them even to make babies these days, it has in many respects become a movement of anger and extreme and that I strongly disagree with.
My opinion on this is that although I would never wish it upon myself to be a man I certainly love having men around, I have always had more male friends than female and certainly prefer to make my babies the good old fashioned way than in a test tube but of course if you cannot have babies naturally or are in a same sex partnership or are single and really want a baby it is a great blessing that science has reached this point of helping, I am lucky that I have never needed to go through that I know from the experience from friends and loved ones it can be a very heart breaking experience.
At the end of it all I love being a woman and am ever so grateful for the ladies before us in yesteryear that have paved the way for everything we have today, there are those who still long for a time when woman were seen and not heard or when men ran the world…. These amount to very few women un- surprisingly but personally I am glad to be living in a time where we have more freedom of choice than ever before.