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I first learned about the suffragettes in a history lesson, aged 10, and initially I couldn’t really grasp their significance. A few years later, I was completely in awe of them. These campaigners were by no means perfect – there were clashes, contradictions and schisms within the movement – but the first wave of feminism did something great for women, both in their fight for our right to the vote, and in the broader implications of that struggle for women’s autonomy and respect.

It was Caitlin Moran who said that feminism should be a “massive patchwork quilt”; we should all fight the battles that are important to us, and bring our individual ideas and strengths to the movement. With the film Suffragette set to be released next month, here are seven things I think young feminists should prioritise today:

1. Help girls learn about consent and healthy sexual relationships

I’ll never forget the moment a friend told me – referring to the confusion that remains around the idea of consent – that “girls are being raped and they don’t even know”.

Even though I have been lucky enough to attend a school where we have comprehensive PSHE lessons, not once has the issue of consent been raised in class. For millions of teenagers growing up in a culture where pornography is now ubiquitous – and where it influences male and female sexuality in incredibly damaging ways – it is more important than ever to counter the narrative that there are “blurred lines” around consent. It’s important that we teach girls that sex isn’t something they should be afraid of; they are allowed to be sexual beings. We need to talk about female boundaries, to ensure that girls and boys can have healthy sexual relationships, and can learn how to say no.

2. Listen to all the women in the movement – old and young

Nothing annoys me more than the idea that feminism has to come in “waves”. Right now, we’re supposedly on the fourth wave of feminism – or is it the fifth?

Feminism is meant to be a movement to liberate women from every background, and of every age. But time and again, when I engage in feminist debates it worries me that the voices of older women are not being heard by younger women in the movement. The feminist academic Lori Marso has argued that “feminists rarely seek to identify with the lives of their mothers”, and it’s hard not to see some truth in this. We roll our eyes and block our ears to our mothers’ generation because, ultimately, we believe we are better. We tear down the work of “second wavers”, those women who campaigned so fiercely for women’s rights in the 1970s; they are now often written off as trans-exclusionary radical feminists (Terfs), sex worker exclusionary radical feminists (Swerfs) or simply as bigots. We ignore and conveniently forget the many victories they won on our behalf. As the writer Glosswitch has argued, the problem with the idea that feminism comes in waves is that “men get to leave something permanent; we seek to wash away the traces our foremothers left”.

Some of the best women in my life are 10 or more years older than me. Through these friendships, I’ve found that we have a lot more in common than I could ever have imagined. We need to stop erasing the work of our foremothers.

3. Embrace intersectionality
4. Fight for reproductive rights
5. Reject “choice” feminism
6. Recognise and address men’s fatal violence against women
7. Say no to media sexism

Source/ rest/ © - June Eric Udorie, The seven priorities for young feminists today (guardian)


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The seven priorities for young feminists today