Feminism Fodder

The F-word

No, not the four letter one. The other one that is considered offensive today — Feminism. For some reason, in this day and age, I notice so many women shying away from using the f-word. If I got a dollar for every time I heard women say things like “Oh I’m not a feminist” or “I don’t hate men so I’m not a feminist” or “I’m all for equality but I’m not a feminist”, or even “Feminism has been bad for women”, I would have been able to pay off a whole lot of my mortgage by now! It saddens me when women in particular have such misconceptions about feminism. Sure, society is probably to blame for misconstruing what the feminist movement was all about.

For the uninitiated and the naive, the feminist movement aimed to have equal political, economic and social rights for women. Why women, you ask. Well, because historically, women have been the gender discriminated against. Thanks to the patriarchal society we live in, we have needed the feminist movement to fight for rights some of us currently take for granted. It’s because of the feminist movement, we got voting rights. It’s because of feminism, we have access to the contraceptive pill. It’s because of feminism, we can dream of working and raising a family. Not just raising a family.

Having said that, we still have a long way to go.

We still need feminism.

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On this International Women’s Day, to try and inspire change, I’d like you all to think about this — about why we need a day like this and why we need feminism. Because at the end of the day, if you want equal rights for women, you are a feminist.

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Inderpreet Kaur
    8 March 2014 at 8:45 pm

    You go girl! A totally awesome read and I totally support and share your view.
    Loved the copy and handwriting on the page and of course the points too.
    Totally sharing this.

  • Inderpreet Kaur
    8 March 2014 at 8:45 pm

    You go girl! A totally awesome read and I totally support and share your view.
    Loved the copy and handwriting on the page and of course the points too.
    Totally sharing this.

  • dxbnidblog
    8 March 2014 at 11:49 pm

    yeah we all need a little more feminism.inspiring write up.dxbnidblog

  • dxbnidblog
    8 March 2014 at 11:49 pm

    yeah we all need a little more feminism.inspiring write up.dxbnidblog

  • Aarthy
    9 March 2014 at 12:37 am

    This was an eye opening post. I confess, I am one of those who had misunderstood feminism. Your pointers on why it is required really struck a chord.
    BTW the idea of writing in paper and putting it up is a good one. We hardly write on paper these days!!

  • Aarthy
    9 March 2014 at 12:37 am

    This was an eye opening post. I confess, I am one of those who had misunderstood feminism. Your pointers on why it is required really struck a chord.
    BTW the idea of writing in paper and putting it up is a good one. We hardly write on paper these days!!

  • Michelle Liew
    9 March 2014 at 1:04 am

    Much has been done, and there is still more to do. Well said, and a happy IWD!

  • Michelle Liew
    9 March 2014 at 1:04 am

    Much has been done, and there is still more to do. Well said, and a happy IWD!

  • Jyotsna Bhatia
    9 March 2014 at 1:15 am

    Just what I needed to read !!
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  • Jyotsna Bhatia
    9 March 2014 at 1:15 am

    Just what I needed to read !!
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  • Roshan R
    9 March 2014 at 1:51 am

    so much more still lift to do before we can comfortably say we’ve changed enough mindsets 🙁
    Hopefully, our generation can make a difference…
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  • Roshan R
    9 March 2014 at 1:51 am

    so much more still lift to do before we can comfortably say we’ve changed enough mindsets 🙁
    Hopefully, our generation can make a difference…
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  • Shilpa Garg
    9 March 2014 at 3:19 am

    Yes, we need feminism still!! And hope the much needed change in our society, in our mindsets happen soon! Happy IWD to you too!
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  • Shilpa Garg
    9 March 2014 at 3:19 am

    Yes, we need feminism still!! And hope the much needed change in our society, in our mindsets happen soon! Happy IWD to you too!
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  • Zita
    9 March 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Great post and oh so true!!! Those points you make are a scary reality and sad in this day and age…
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  • Zita
    9 March 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Great post and oh so true!!! Those points you make are a scary reality and sad in this day and age…
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  • Anita
    9 March 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Totally with you here! Valid points! You have a great handwriting 🙂
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  • Anita
    9 March 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Totally with you here! Valid points! You have a great handwriting 🙂
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  • Aditi
    10 March 2014 at 12:24 am

    Oh yes we need feminism… cz we hv a long way to go! Loved the post n your handwritten note!

  • Aditi
    10 March 2014 at 12:24 am

    Oh yes we need feminism… cz we hv a long way to go! Loved the post n your handwritten note!

  • Shailaja V
    10 March 2014 at 3:02 pm

    The thing I appreciated about this post was the honesty and the fact that you drew away the veil of ‘feminism’ and struck at the root of all problems that face women. Good post, PB.
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  • Shailaja V
    10 March 2014 at 3:02 pm

    The thing I appreciated about this post was the honesty and the fact that you drew away the veil of ‘feminism’ and struck at the root of all problems that face women. Good post, PB.
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  • Mi
    10 March 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Kudos!! I love this post.. it’s hard hitting and 100% true.. Feminism is very essential.. .The society will change when men embrace feminism.. Until then, it will just be women fighting for their rights!
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  • Mi
    10 March 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Kudos!! I love this post.. it’s hard hitting and 100% true.. Feminism is very essential.. .The society will change when men embrace feminism.. Until then, it will just be women fighting for their rights!
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  • vishalbheeroo
    11 March 2014 at 5:12 am

    Interesting post and I would call it an original piece. I agree with your observation on feminism and second you. Btw, you have a beautiful handwriting:)
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  • vishalbheeroo
    11 March 2014 at 5:12 am

    Interesting post and I would call it an original piece. I agree with your observation on feminism and second you. Btw, you have a beautiful handwriting:)
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  • Suzy
    13 March 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I certainly think that women are equal to men but I like the idea of being treated like a lady too. Nice one and nice handwriting.
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  • Suzy
    13 March 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I certainly think that women are equal to men but I like the idea of being treated like a lady too. Nice one and nice handwriting.
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