Last Sunday was International Women’s Day. To slightly tweak an old Virginia Slims cigarette ad, “we’ve come a long way baby” but let’s not rest on our laurels just yet. We still have a way to go.
In many parts of the world women are still seen, and treated, as chattel. In some parts of the world they’re considered so worthless, such a burden they’re killed as soon as they’re born. In some parts of the world they still have to suffer through genital mutilation, to ensure they get no pleasure from sex.
In some parts of the world they’re not allowed to even look at a man, they’re forced to be covered up from head to toe with slits only for their eyes. In some parts of the world if they dare to commit adultery and get caught they’re stoned to death. They have Continue reading →
There’s been a fair bit of talk about feminism on WordPress blogs recently. The first one I read, “Is Quiet Feminism an Oxymoron”, can be found at The Green Study. It is an interesting essay. One in which Michelle, who authors the blog, examines her own ‘relationship’ with feminism; and whether or not she’s doing enough for the cause.
The problem I sometimes have with ’causes’ in general is, they seem to go hand in hand with anger. It’s not necessarily true, but it is how it often ‘feels’. The perception. The image I have in my mind, and often see on television, is of people screaming and shouting. Waving fists. Pointing fingers. Being aggressive. Argumentative. Red-faced. Hot under the collar. Throwing placards. Fighting. Scuffling with police.
This is not a criticism. It’s not that I’ve never reacted, or over-reacted. I most certainly have. It’s not that I’m