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.
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.
Until next time,