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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Feminism

Sorry for not posting for ages, I’ve had school…..you don’t really care about my excuses but here’s a topic on feminism just to brighten the mood. I also apologise for the lack of grammar in this post as I’m currently late for Maths…but you don’t really care about that right now either. I might go back and edit later but for now, enjoy!

This is a touchy subject as people have so many different opinions about its existence and whether it still exists today. I study Modern History and we are learning the waves of feminism so I thought this would be a good time to explain where I stand and who knows. Maybe my opinion will change as the term progresses.

The only argument I’ve really heard against feminism from my classmates is that women do have equal rights and there really is egalitarianism in most of the world.

I disagree and I never thought I would lean towards the feminist side of things but I read ‘The Beauty Myth’ and Portia de Rossi’s new book “Unbearable Lightness”. The Beauty Myth didn’t really hit home with me because I argued against it. But after reading Portia’s book I then re-read The Beauty Myth and now….well I sort of lean towards it.

I think I’ve been anti-feminist purely because my school is so hard-core Feminist. All my English teachers (well maybe just one in particular) are feminists.

We are in the third wave of feminist. First there were the suffragettes (please read something about them, some went to the extent of killing themselves just to have their voice heard). While Feminism is not still at that point, I think it should be remembered. The second wave was in the 70s; when women wanted a little bit more, there was still unbalance and wages weren’t equal. The third wave is a bit touchy because in poorer countries and in some religions women in particular are still treated like shit and this needs to stop. For anyone who says it doesn’t exist today needs to open their eyes and look beyond the bubble in which they live.

The Media – yes in order to be female and successful in the media you need to be thin and beautiful. The extent to which this is achieved is disgusting and disgraceful. (I encourage people to read Portia’s book, you hear it first hand it is quite an emotional story. The book’s easy to read yet sophisticated enough to know she is a very deep intelligent person). She mentions The Beauty Myth which struck a chord in me because I had so many issues with it. I guess I thought I was above it because I really don’t care about the fashion industry or the movie industry or the music industry for that matter.

But I’ve come to the conclusion that even people who don’t care about the media and all the evil it generally brings are still affected. We need to battle against it and understand that not everyone is like us (the people who don’t really follow trends).

I do get annoyed though, when hard-core feminists preach that there is still no equal rights and they act like the world will end if nothing happens. People who try to throw themselves ahead; instead of just asking for equality. Maybe that’s why I was so against feminism. Things are changing now though.

As for the suffragettes – people who say ‘who cares!’, I think it should be forgiven but not forgotten. If that makes sense.