Happy Sunday Everyone!
This blog may seem a bit heavy for a Sunday but this research is really helping me inform me about the world we live in. There is still so much to learn. I have been reading Angela McRobbie’s book, “The Aftermath of Feminism” and have found myself getting so frustrated and angered by the things that I am learning. As mentioned before in an earlier blog post, I find it alarming at how many women are somewhat ashamed at calling themselves feminist and and/or think that feminism is something that belongs in the past.
McRobbie calls this the “undoing of feminism”. The media along with our capitalist and consumer led government has contributed to brainwashing society to associate feminism with an image of the hard, single, bitter woman who in order to succeed has to forgo a happy marriage and children – a man hater who is out for herself, a type of vilification of the term ‘Feminism’. It has become lost in translation to younger generations – instead it is almost as though by allowing feminism to develop, true equality to exist for women, feminism is seen as a threat to patriarchal society. To ensure society remains in a patriarchal led state, the media is infiltrated to reinforce negative images of feminism. Yes, women can vote, yes we can now work, yes we are free to choose, yes we can prove we can be like men and behave like men, but has anybody really considered why we still are not paid equally, why women’s reproductive rights are still being challenged, why there are more men in parliament and why some women feel they have to act like men to get further in life?
By endorsing hierarchy (class, gender, race, sexuality) the process where women, regardless of their backgrounds can collectively come together to find common ground is unforeseeable presently. By looking closer and reading between the lines, women’s rights and empowerment is far from over. We need an equal society that embraces change. As Mc Robbie states “women are currently being disempowered through the very discourses of empowerment they are being offered as substitutes for feminism”. I find that statement shocking and it makes me feel angered that we as a society seem to just accept and put up with inequality (and outlandish policies across other social spheres) – what happened to our sense of fighting for what is right? We need to reignite that passion that has been seen throughout history – the suffragettes for example. Why do we not stand up for what is right?
There appears to be a blur between the term ‘feminism’ and ‘feminininty’. To demand equality and to believe in your rights as a human being regardless of gender does not mean you have to dislike men, not get married, not be ‘feminine’, be career driven and not have children, you can enjoy baking, sewing, shopping (why should it mean you can’t) – it should mean you can choose your own life choices without being discriminated against, help create a better or improved society for future generations, take the teachings of past feminists but look to a modern way of interpreting and reinventing it.. We all live in this world together, wouldn’t it be good to have an equal society that embraced all members of society?
Let us not undo all of the hard work past and present feminists have created, let us continue it!