Friday, 8 March 2019
Happy International Women's Day!
I've been a feminist since 1970 when I was 13 years old and first heard that such a concept existed. I've tried to live my life according to feminist principles and have no regrets for doing so. Feminism made possible the life I wanted and needed.
Since I also consider myself a freethinker, though, I don't necessarily agree with every single feminist stance. Some ideas are too extremist or simply not feasible -- for example, I've never subscribed to lesbian-feminist separatism and I reject the sex negativity underlying a lot of second wave feminism. I also oppose the transphobia tearing apart the women's spirituality movement today.
But I have never stopped openly calling myself a feminist, no matter how negatively distorted a picture of feminism is painted by supremacist opponents and the media. To me, feminism simply means the conviction that men and women are equal and should be treated so.
But if a new word MUST be chosen, I would agree with THIS substitute, LOL!
So Happy International Women's Day, everyone! And remember -- onwards and upwards! Because the struggle is far from being over yet.