Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Feminism Is Dead.

The Guardian have published a great article, bringing four women together to discuss if feminism is still alive and relevant. The women above are (L-R):
Fiona Ranford, a leading member of UK Feminista.
Rehana Azan, senior trade union official.
Yvonne Roberts, Observer chief leader writer.
Melissa Kite. columnist.

The discussion was raised after Netmums said feminism was dead.

Key points raised by the women, which I found interesting and highly relevant.

Melissa Kite
I sincerely hope feminism is alive. If younger women are rejecting it or saying it's irrelevant, it's only because the women who've gone before them have won so many battles that they now can't see what the problem is.

Rehana Azan:
I don't think feminism is dead. It depends what your interpretation of feminism is. My interpretation is all about having the freedom to choose.

Melissa Kite:
But if a sisterhood means anything, it's women standing together. So feminism shouldn't mean something strident, it should mean women standing together.

Fiona Ranford:
 I think that we need to switch attention away from the individual choices that women are making and turn attention on to the institutions that are restricting those choices – for example, the media that is pumping out images of women that define how women think about their bodies and force them to shape their lives around beauty norms.

Melissa Kite:
 ‘…Netmums survey women are saying that they no longer believe that being feminine or looking glamorous is a barrier to being taken seriously…So yes, we have choice. We can have children, we can work. But actually what's happened in practice is that we're having to do all of it. And that's no good for men, because they are becoming emasculated.’

Melissa raised some key points which I think need to be shared to young women who, as Melissa mentions, aren't aware of the battles that women before us fought. Only then may women realise the privileges and choices that they have.

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