Before my festive blogging lull occurred, I was chatting to some female friends and discovered something so surpising that it was worth keeping in mind to blog about it now. The five of us were sat enjoying a spot of bubbly and some seasonal food, when the conversation somehow turned to feminism. I forget exactly what we were chatting about at the time, but the highest paid and probably most career-minded member of our little group told us all that her husband had said he thought she was a feminist when they first met, but now he knew that was rubbish. She agreed. Er, what? I would have said that, other than me, this woman was the most feminist out of our little group and now she’s saying she’s not only scared of the f-word, but she actually doesn’t understand what it means. Oh dear.
To be a feminist, you don’t have to hate men, refuse to wear make-up, go on protest rallies or despise pornography. There are many types of feminist, and the vast majority will not tell you how to live your life. However, we do believe in gender equality in all aspects of public and private life, agreeing that restrictions on females in many societies must be removed in order to bring about such equality. Whether or not you like the label ‘feminist’, most decent human beings already fall into that category so please stop believing in the stereotypes. Spread the word.
Image via Zed Books.