I have said before I am a feminist. But there seems to be such an enormous difference in peoples perception of the word ”feminist” itself that I think this would be a very interesting word to discuss.
So, I’ll start by explaining my interpretation of the concept, and I’m looking forward to seeing yours.
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To me it is a given that men and women àre different. We have some very different ways of thinking and doing things. I don’t think that’s bad, I think that’s natural and should be used as an asset.
What I do object against, is the cultural bias towards men. I do not think that our differences should be classed as ”superior” and ”inferior” I think they are equal in value.
I am firmly opposed to paying women less money for the same job as men. I don’t like the way all lucrative and highly appreciated jobs should be automatically ”men’s” jobs, and all jobs which consist of hard work, drudgery, boredom, little appreciation and low pay should be automatically ”women’s” jobs.
The in-equality we have to deal with in most places on the planet, is not right: it’s not natural, and it’s fairly recent. It is not inevitable that there is in-equality.
It has not always been so.
We can see in history how women’s rights have been stripped away, how peoples mindset has been altered to systematically view women as second rate human beings. It is a fairly modern development, and there is nothing original, new, and shocking about wanting to give each half of humanity their own credit and appreciation.
So to me feminism means: knowing who you are, appreciating your assets, and being fairly, and honestly treated. And being free to choose how you live your own life.