I was listening to the radio over the week end and heard a comment about women that I agreed with. I can’t even remember what it was. It was such a basic, mundane, ‘bread and butter’ thing to me; probably something like women should enjoy equal representation in the world of work and the world of work needs to change to accommodate women’s needs as much as men’s. Something of that ilk, nothing to cause the horses to bolt, honestly.
What I do remember though, is the spluttering horrified response of a male commentator on the programme. That view, he spat out, is exactly what the sort of comment that is made by rampant, strident feminists. I think he meant it as an insult but I can see no reason why being a feminist is a cause of shame. Gosh, I thought to myself, I must be a strident, militant feminist:
- I do believe that what women bring to the table should be valued equally with what men bring.
- I don’t think women having to behave like men is any measure of equality; we’re different and we do things differently, not better or worse.
- I do expect to turn on my radio or TV and see or hear an equal representation of the genders.
- I do take offence when I am in a newsagents and see demeaning and pornographic pictures of my gender on the shelves.
- I do work with women to challenge the assumptions of a male driven world and to boost their own confidence levels.
- I do think we need quotas to ensure that gender representation becomes mandatory (works both ways actually although there are fewer areas where men need it, childcare time off being a classic example).
- I do object to the sexist marketing of toys and games to children as I think all our children suffer from that casual stereotyping.
I could go on but I think but I think I’ve established my credentials. I am clearly a rampant militant feminist. As are a lot of men I know.
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Posted on May 28th, 2013 by Jane