Now recently, I’ve had far more cause to end up saying “I’m a feminist” than usual because I’ve been surrounded by people who were adamant that they weren’t feminists and that all feminists were evil, men hating, bra burning witches who wanted to rule the world. I had to stand up and claim to be a feminist. This is pretty weird people. Pretty weird.
I asked those railing against feminism what issues they had with women’s rights, equal pay, fair treatment in law and the women’s suffrage and the reply I received was “none”. So in fact, the women I was arguing with were feminists themselves.
Why is it that I seem to be the only person in my circle of friends who’s bothered about women’s rights? I seriously don’t get it.
The answers I usually got to the question of “why are you girls not feminists” tended to go along the lines of “I don’t hate men” and “feminists are extremists”. This, my dear friends, is baloney.
Take a look at this (admittedly cheesy) video about what a feminist looks like. If you need to be enticed – it has Allison Janney in it. And she’s one of the coolest women on the planet.
If you’re reading this, I’m quite willing to bet that you’re a feminist. Come on! You live in the West, you’re educated and you don’t hate women. Ergo – you are a feminist. That is, unless you’re a complete idiot who thinks that women are lesser than men, they deserve less pay and that they don’t deserve to be represented in law or in government. If that’s the case, then I’m pleased to inform you that you are not a feminist and you are also braindead.
And for those of you who think that this is a non-issue and that the fight is won for the women of the west, I direct your attention to this video, narrated by Judi Dench. See, I only pick the best actresses for my Public Service Announcements.