Is Feminism Relevant? A Thursday think piece.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
I've not spent a lot of time calling myself a feminist. It really should go without saying that I am. I believe in personal empowerment, I believe no one should remain in a relationship for the sake of housing or food if that relationship is abusive or unhealthy.  I believe that any person can do any job they put their heart into and are passionate about. All feminist ideals.

But the label 'feminist' has a negative connotation in our world, and I usually can ignore it and move on with my life. You can't change everything. I like what Stuart Smalley used to say on SNL: "Sometimes it's easier to wear slippers than to try to carpet the whole world."

When I hear someone say we don't need feminism any more it irritates me about as much as someone telling me the racism isn't an issue any more. Neither are true. Inequality and racism do, indeed, still exist. All over the place.

I happen to love the video Meaghan Trainor did that talks about embracing who you are and not living up to a body image that isn't realistic or even healthy for you. It surprised and disturbed me when I saw an interview with her and they asked if she was a feminist and she answered similar to "that women power thing? Yeah probably."

Feminism isn't "woman power". Feminists are not all lesbians. Feminists do not want to take over the world and reduce men's influence. (As is a theme for one warden on Orange is the new Black). Feminism is, by definition, " a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. "  

In our world, how exactly is that concept scary or threatening to anyone? Feminists are not asking for the world to make them the leaders and power mongers, feminists are asking for equality in politics, economics, culture and social rights. 

The video that follows here is worth watching through. It didn't make me cry, it made me angry. When is it in a girls/woman's life that we take her power and tell her it's not healthy, not desired, and not socially acceptable? When do we tell girls that doing anything 'like a girl' is a negative trait? In 2014, it's not right. It's not fair. And we DO need to be talking about it.

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