Tuesday, January 31, 2012
"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people."
And I thought "That is a really great question."
After some rumination, I've decided this. I am a feminist. This is my blog. So while feminism isn't its main purpose, it will probably make its way in to an entry here and there. Like right now.
AND FOR THE RECORD, I am a feminist. NOT A MAN-HATER. Not someone who thinks women are BETTER than men, who thinks men are the root of all evil/social problems, or who wants men to apologize for the worst qualities of their gender throughout history. These attitudes don't actually reflect feminism. Many people, Mormons in particular, seem to misunderstand the term "feminism." I think many Mormons would be shocked to realize that they actually ARE feminists. Or should be.
Do you think women should be able to vote?
Should women have the right to own property?
Should a woman have the option of holding a place in the workforce, regardless of what you believe about whether or not it's "her place"?
Then you're a feminist.
Feminism, Oxford English Dictionary definition:
Advocacy of the rights of women (based on the theory of equality of the sexes).
I'm just saying.
Although, Sojourner Truth had a good point, even way back in 1851...
"That little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him. If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them."
Sorry, men. She didn't mention the fact that we need each other, men and women, but if you ever start feeling high and mighty about the superiority of your gender, boys, remember ole Sojourner.