So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
According to dictionary.com: a feminist is: “a person who advocates equal rights for women.”
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and the social equality of the sexes.
I am so confused when I meet women who do not consider themselves to be feminists. Here are some things that we, as women, would be denied the access to, had it not be for the feminist movement:
- Equality in the workplace = equal pay for equal work
- Custody = before the feminist movement, a divorced woman had no legal rights to her children.
- Property = any property owned by a woman or inherited, was not hers, but her husband’s once she was married.
- Protection from physical abuse = prior to this movement, men had a legal right to beat their wives.
- Walking in public without a male escort
- Having a bank account
- Driving a car
- Wearing pants
I’m sure the list goes on and on. But I will stop and ask any woman who reads this: “Do you personally enjoy any of the freedoms listed above?” If your answer is yes, then you ARE a feminist.
And to any man who reads this, do you believe your mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters should have any/all of these freedoms? If you answer is yes, then you are also a feminist. It’s not a bad word and it’s not a sin.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
For any women out there who do not want to be labeled as a feminist, here’s a great quote from one of my colleagues in education:
If you’re a woman, you’re either a feminist or a masochist.
Dictionary.com defines masochist as: “an abnormal condition in which pleasure …. is derived from pain or from humiliation, domination, etc., by another person”
In my last blog, I stated that it is ideal for a woman to be a homemaker for her family. And I stand by that statement, in ideal circumstances, which includes a man who values and cares for his family above his own needs. A man who does not need to belittle women or “put them in their place.”
Equal does not mean the same. I do not want to be a man or be the same as a man. But I do want women to be treated equitably and fairly. I want this for myself, my nieces, and my daughter. And, I want it for the millions of women in this world who benefit every day from the feminist movement that came before our time.
My name is Suzi, and I am a feminist.