Let’s discuss feminism


Female homicides in Ciudad Juárez
Female homicides in Ciudad Juárez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It will be good preparation for our new blogger, Kitty Kumhere. A good place to start  is what feminism is not

 

1. It is not opening the doors for women behind you. I leave the door open for people regardless of their gender.

 

2. It i not putting the seat down on the toilet. That’s common courtesy.

 

3. It is not gender neutral bathrooms. Somewhere the struggle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment got lost in a discussion about bathrooms to trivialize the issue.

 

4. It is not about multiple orgasms or who comes first. That’s about communication between the couple.

 

What is feminism?

 

1. Comparable pay for comparable work. If my agency hired a full time peer specialist, the person should have comparable responsibilities to me and be paid comparable to me.

 

2. That person should not be expected to leave work in a few years to bear children.

 

3. Feminism is about sharing responsibilities in the household. One person does not have to do all of the housework while holding a full time job.

 

4. Feminism is about power. The Republican drive to destroy women’s reproductive rights is an effort to destroy women’s power. It is women’s ability to control when and how to have children that has allowed them to participate in our economy.  We have come a long way from the old myth of barefoot and pregnant women.

 

These are my quick thoughts about feminism, but what do women think about this?

 

Woman-power symbol (clenched fist in Venus sig...
Woman-power symbol (clenched fist in Venus sign). עברית: כוח נשים (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Let’s discuss feminism

  1. Well, like most feminists you have a solid grasp on the half of gender equality that is women. Just take #4 as an example.

    ” It is women’s ability to control when and how to have children that has allowed them to participate in our economy. We have come a long way from the old myth of barefoot and pregnant women.”

    It is important for women to have the ability to control when and how they become parents. It is equally important for men to have these same choices. If “keep you legs shut” is not all the birth control women need it is unreasonable to say that is all the birth control men need. We have come a long way from barefoot and pregnant for women, but have done nothing to change the stereotypes for men.

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