Has the word ‘feminism’ been hijacked to take away from a woman’s ability to make choices or to excuse behavior that is by not even definition; feminist? Yes.
WHY do we have so much trouble with this word?? It is ‘equality between the sexes.’ That’s it. And of course the institution and/or movement that promotes such. But it’s derogatory. It’s outdated. It’s misunderstood. It’s ‘no longer needed.’ It has ‘changed with time.’ No, no, no, no and um . . . NO.
Please read the following post and educate and enlighten yourself. It’s a wonderful piece and I appreciate the author’s insight.
In 2002, back when the world was fucked up in a slightly different way to how it’s fucked up now, Katharine Viner wrote a piece for the Guardian in response to George W Bush’s assertion that war in the Middle East would increase “respect for women”. It ended with this paragraph, which I’ve always remembered:
Feminism is used for everything these days, except the fight for true equality – to sell trainers, to justify body mutiliations, to make women make porn, to help men get off rape charges, to ensure women feel they have self-respect because they use a self-esteem-enhancing brand of shampoo. No wonder it’s being used as a reason for bombing women and children too.
While I’m unsure of a couple of specific examples, I can’t help thinking the general point is spot on, and as true now as it was 11 years ago. Feminism is a brilliant…
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