OH, I’M NOT A FEMINIST…
I must blog about this very same thing twice a year because I just don’t get it.
Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practiced no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions.. for safety on the streets… for child care, for social welfare… for rape crisis centers, women’s refuges, reforms in the law. If someone says ‘Oh, I’m not a feminist,’ I ask ‘Why? What’s your problem?’
– Dale Spender
I might not ask, ‘Why? What’s your problem?’, but I will ask you to have a think about that. I frequently say things like the following to my female students: Really, feminism is a load of rubbish is it? How’s going to university working out for you? Looking forward to getting a job and earning a wage, are you? Appreciating your full access to birth control, I suppose? Ah, enjoyed the pub last night, I see. Voting about AV in May, are you? How do you think you got to enjoy all of the above?
Feminism’s a load of rubbish, it? Think on…