reply to post by Mr Mask
You say you feel strongly on this. So do I so I'd also like to take a moment to address something you mentioned above.
Originally posted by Mr Mask
I am a feminist
Fair enough but you seem to be misunderstanding some fundamental principles of feminism. Not necessarily your fault since many, including some women
as well, sometimes misunderstand the core issue that lies at the heart of feminism. Especially when programmed with the stereotypical nature of the
bra-burning, how dare you acknowledge my attractiveness
, I have to act like a man to get respect caricature that the feminist movement is made
out to be.
What I think REAL feminism is, is letting the individual woman be comfortable in her own skin, on her own terms, with whatever that may be.
If a woman's comfort zone and fulfillment is 'barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen,' then feminazi's be damned. That's where she wants to be.
I've seen women get in the faces of homemakers to say they're not living up to their fullest and intellectual potential.
On the opposite end of the dramatic spectrum I'm going down, if a woman's comfort zone and fulfillment is the 'pin striped suit corporate
powerhouse,' then anyone who tells her she is less of a woman because she is involved in her career be damned.
Likewise, if a woman can't stand make-up, rock on. If she feels naked without it, awesome. Femininity personified or tomboy in the flesh, do what YOU
do. Not what other say you should be.
And I think that, if anything, is what bothered me. Many telling other women what their comfort zone should be. Or what jewelry they should wear. Or
how they should style their hair. Or what should and should not offend them. Actually reading a post that stated they would never respect us because
of where OUR comfort zone was, which didn't happen to match their own.
That's not feminism. That is 'feminazism' because instead of letting a woman make her own rules, it's telling her what box she should fit it. I'm
sure you feel your heart was in the right place- cool beans. But I also want to say this ridiculous stereotype that a woman should never acknowledge
her beauty and brains and the attempt to make one feel guilty for being able to do so
is assigning your rules to another players's board