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On Being a Woman – Half the Sky
I am a young woman (younger in age than I feel most days), and I actually really appreciate this post. I think in a broader sense outside of feminism (culture, work ethic, personal value) younger generations have certainly had an easier row to hoe because the original obstacles have already been cleared out of the way for us.
Thanks, Tori. And my generation had an easier “row to hoe” than my mother’s generation, again because of those who went before. I think there may be a new wave of feminism arising – one that is supported by many men. Move on had a “blurb” on that recently:
I’ve never understood the disdain so many people, both male and female, have for the idea of feminisim. It’s nothing more than the political, economic, and social equality of women. That’s it. It doesn’t mean that women are better than men, or that we don’t need or want men, or that we hate men. I know very few younger women who would call themselves feminists. How and when did we let our own equality become something repugnant?
Thanks for addressing an issue that needs to be spoken of more often.
I appreciate your comments! And yes, the word feminist needs to be reclaimed as a positive descriptor! Like many good things in life, the word feminist was the object of a smear campaign on the part of some threatened by change in the status quo. This was mostly during the ’70s and ’80s, but the taint has carried forward. I’m afraid that some of that happened after a militant, anti-male element began to dominate the ERA drive. But maybe nothing would have changed if the change agents hadn’t been so angry and aggressive. Nonetheless, the ERA failed to pass, but many conditions for women did improve.
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