March 9, 2006
I’ve ranted about feminism before and I’m going to do it again. It really gets me mad when women sit there and say, “I think women should be equal, I think women should be recognized for their accomplishments, but I am definitely not a feminist.” Well, actually, yes you are. Militant feminist, maybe not, but feminist yes.
The dictionary defines feminism as, “a movement or theory that supports the rights of women.” I have yet to read a definition that requires you to shave your head, wear camo, and suddenly begin desiring naked females in order to be considered a feminist. Honey, that’s a stereotype. Do you not see that? You can be a married housewife and still be a part of the movement because feminism is not about molding every woman into a childless, career-oriented machine. It’s about making sure that women are able to be treated with respect in whatever path they choose.
When are we going to learn to be proud of a movement that empowers women? I’m not asking that women become more powerful than men- that defeats the purpose of the movement, does it not? Why are women so ashamed of proclaiming themselves to be feminist?
I long for a day when a woman has as good a chance of becoming the president as a man does. I long for the day when two employees of equal standing are paid the same regardless of their sex. I want a woman to walk at night without fear of being raped and then, as if rape isn’t bad enough, to be told that she was asking for it. I want a female lawyer to be able to dress feminine and still be taken as seriously as if she was covered from head to toe in drab black cloth.
Being a feminist is so much more than supporting a woman in going back out into the workplace after having children. It is supporting her when she chooses to stay home. It is recognizing that a woman’s body is her temple and she needs to be able to make her own choices when those choices impact her place of worship. It means working harder to stand next to your sisters instead of competing against them.
Is that a bad thing? Don’t claim to be for furthering the women’s rights movements (one that is still going on today despite radical progress already made) and decry yourself as a feminist. Be proud to be a strong, modern woman.