It’s a short 48 page book that you will finish at one go. I love how simple it was. It was concise and straight to the point. No unnecessary frills. I enjoy those kind of reads. Less is more. Simplicity means easy to understand. It’s relatable and takes away so much confusion that comes with the use of very intellectual jargon. Topics like this are usually expressed in a ‘deep’ way which I’ve found makes people disinterested.
First and foremost, Feminism is not an attack on men. Feminists are not women who hate men. I think that’s the first thing we should all realize when we engage with this topic. The inequality of women is a human problem. It’s the results of the society we live in. It goes waaaaaaaay back to how boys and girls are raised differently from a young age and taught that they aren’t equals. Boys and girls raised by both men and women so it’s not a problem that was created solely by the man, or is it one that must be fixed by one. It’s on all of us.
Feminism isn’t about romantic relationships. It’s not about women who have been hurt by men. It’s not about women who don’t want to be domesticated and cook and clean for their boyfriends/husbands. Feminism is pro choice. Feminism means If I want to be the kind of wife who does that, that’s great. I must make those meals and bake those scones. And if I don’t, I shouldn’t be crucified. If I want to be a big career woman, not have kids then I should do just that. It’s about women being able to CHOOSE how they want to live their lives, and granted the same courtesy as men. It really is that simple. Men shouldn’t feel threatened by it. They should support it and just take a look around them a little deeper to realize that they have male privilege. They have women in their lives that they love and they should seek to bring them up to the same level, where they belong.
Woman just want to be given a fair chance at life, an equal pay for the same job they do with their male colleague, the same amount of respect and trust in the work space. We just want to stop feeling less than, BECAUSE WE AREN’T. And we shouldn’t be treated like we are.
Before I wrap up I’m going to give a dictionary description of the word and how I interpret it. I will also add a quote from the book. (there are SO many that I would have loved to include but I got a headache trying to figure out which ones because honestly the whole book is a gem and you should read it more than once).
Feminist: A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.
Not everyone will agree with me but by virtue of the description saying ‘a person’ as opposed to saying ‘a female’ means anyone can be a feminist. (I think we should all be ️)
“Feminism is not an attack on the man. And woman have been part of and continue to add to the inequality of the genders, going back from the different way in which both girls and boys are raised. It’s a problem that has been adopted by the whole society. The main idea of this movement is that there is a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it. ALL OF US, women and men, must do better.”
2017 has been my favorite year to watch women (probably my favorite year being one, especially a brown skinned woman). I’ve watched them be unapologetic and fearless. I’ve watched women stand up for themselves and do great things in a world that often tells them to be below the man. I’ve watched them have a choice and a voice, something that hasn’t been easy over the years. I’m excited to see women evolve. I can’t wait for women to break more walls and get into these spaces that they’ve been told they don’t belong to.
To all the ladies, in every shape, size and colour. I support you. I’m for you. You are magic.
Do you, boo ❤️
Yours in ✍🏾