Do we need feminism now? Yes! I think so. I know I do. I know I have this feeling inside me sometimes when I feel something is sexist or unfair to women and that is my inner feminist shouting out from within me "Hello! I'm here. I care!"
"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat." - Rebecca West
So now what? Where do I go from here? I know I have a full time career. I know I am a mother. I know I am married. I know I love clothes and pretty things. I know I worry about my weight and my looks and I know that every time anyone I know finds out that my husband cooks dinner and makes me a coffee in the morning, I get told how LUCKY I am. But why? Why am I lucky? Women have been cooking and cleaning for thousands of years. No one ever tells my dad how lucky he is that my mum does all the cooking and cleaning. Would anyone tell my husband he was lucky if I cooked him dinner every night? I don't think so!
So, I'm in a new phase. I'm working on my inner feminist in the year 2013. I'm going to read and research and ask questions and find out more on what it means to BE a feminist in this time we live in. My mama raised me to be a feminist so that's what I'm gonna be!
"I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the time." - Iris Murdoch
"Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night - she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question - "Is this all?" - Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
Here is a piece from National Radio with feminists Germaine Greer, Sandra Coney and Marilyn Waring. It's quite a long audio clip but it is worth listening to!