Say it loud!

16 07 2012

Don’t like the word “feminist”?

“What part of  ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? ‘Vogue’ by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?”

—Caitlin Morgan

h/t Peggy Orenstein, Slate

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4 responses

17 07 2012
transition2balance

Exactly! I don’t understand women who don’t like the word “feminist.” I say, excuse me, but you are enjoying all the freedoms the feminists were fighting for!

17 07 2012
dmf

very hard, if not impossible to get folks who grow up with/in privileges to really appreciate the value of those who made them available through struggle.
perhaps partly a problem of speaking in terms of these matters as “rights” as opposed political achievements needing effort to retain (if not expand).

17 07 2012
17 07 2012
absurdbeats

@t2b: My personal favorite is “But I LIKE it when men hold the door open for meeeeee.” Because being a feminist (or, as I’ve taken to calling myself of late, a “libber”), means no one will ever hold open a door for you EVER AGAIN.

Hm, you’ve just given me an idea for a post. . . .

@dmf: Yeah, I’ve been going around with the whole issue of “rights”. I don’t want to give up the concept—it’s too important, politically—but the term doesn’t necessarily translate well into the social and cultural spheres.

And as for understanding the history of struggle, man, that’s a tough one. How to ensure that people are moved by and connected to that struggle in a way that’s not merely personal but takes them outside of themselves and into solidarity with others?

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