while I go about fixing my blog and eventually answering your questions....
I was eavesdropping earlier and heard a girl talking about how she wanted a female to do a particular job. She quickly inserted "I'm by no means a feminist, I just think she'd be better for the job."
Well fine, I can go with hiring the person best for the job. But not a feminist? And the derision in which she said the word, like feminists are whining evil people who only want girls to get jobs just to spite all the boys and then not invite them to their bra-burning party.
My mother, bless her, taught me about feminism early in life. According to her, a feminist is someone who supports the empowerment of women in all aspects of society. I briefly googled a definition for feminism, and came up with "Feminism is a belief in the right of women to have political, social, and economic equality with men."
Now, I know. I know. I know there are radical feminists who believe that all men are evil dictators worthy of castration for daring to impregnate them with their evil spawn which should immediately be aborted evil evil men and babies.
But in general, I think most feminists are simply concerned with equality. Voting rights, equal pay, maternity leave, all of these are issues associated with feminism.
I'm a feminist. I believe a woman should earn the same as her male counterpart in any given profession. (I'm not saying a woman should be paid the same if she isn't a competent employee, but if there are two equally competent employees, one male, one female, they ought to bring home the same paycheck.)
I believe a woman has the right to own property, vote, and fight for custody of her children in the case of a divorce, which she is free to initiate should she so choose.
I am not a post-feminist. I don't believe we have achieved equality. I think we make strides every day, but I firmly believe that a subsidiary of empowering women is continuing to act as an advocate for equality.
But that's just me. To me, there is nothing in the term or definition of feminism that justifies this girl's, (this girl who can vote, enter the workforce, and who benefits daily from the efforts of feminists,) decision to say the word feminist like it was a four-letter word.
What do you think?