I am over the moon to have the lovely Kirsty from Winnettes who is talking about all things feminism. She also shares her opinions on a certain person, whose name I won’t utter here as I am TRYING (it’s not working at the moment) to be positive 😉
Kirsty from Winettes
Well just when we all thought 2016 couldn’t get any worse Donald Trump is elected at the next President of the United States. I am not a politician, other than GCSE history I have no real expertise in the matter of global affairs. However, I am not stupid and I consider myself a very observant person. I pride myself in learning form my mistakes, the mistakes of other people and things that have happened in the past. So with that said, as disappointed as I am I saw it coming! This has happened before. As Tobias Stone wrote in his article ‘History tells us what happens next with Brexit & Trump’ which was published in Medium “Perhaps I’m just writing this so I can be remembered by history as one of the people who saw it coming.” Well this is how I felt in the run up to it all as I preached from a Dystopian Hymn sheet and many people I spoke to felt I was being unnecessarily gloomy and defeatist over something that wouldn’t, couldn’t possibly happen.
What does any of this have to do with Feminism? Well that depends on your take on things. For me feminism isn’t all about man bashing or degrading. It isn’t about building an army of women to take over the world (although we so could!) It is about mutual respect, mutual understand and appreciation. In my, not so humble, opinion anyone who screams and shouts the feminism card whilst advocating the demise of male power isn’t a true feminist. Emma Watson has some amazing views on the subject and I have always related to her idea of what feminism is.
“I was appointed six months ago (as UN Woman Global Goodwill Ambassador), and the more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”
She also says “For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”(http://www.popsugar.com/love/Emma-Watson-Quotes-Feminism-35790122)
So the Trump thing?
Ok, I’m getting there.
In a world where we have now apparently gone very backwards, quite literally over night! We are on the verge of dangerous times for women. I struggle with wanting to deny anyone their right to speak, their right to vote or their right to power but this man and his crony’s are so archaic I have never been so scared for what the future holds for my children. My two girls! The free world is now run by a man who is trying and succeeding in passing an anti abortion bill, the ‘Heartbeat Bill’. This bill states that once a foetal heartbeat is present the procedure becomes illegal; this is on average at 6 weeks pregnant. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/24/congress-heartbeat-bill-roe-v-wade-steve-king-republicans) I fully understand that there are circumstances where abortion really is the only option. What about the women who were raped? The women whose children are so deformed they will have no quality of life? You can’t know reliably know that at 6 weeks pregnant. I myself have had 2 pregnancies, they were both planned and yet I missed all the signs that I was pregnant until the 6 week mark. BOTH TIMES! If I hadn’t planned them, if they were the result of something unsavoury… How would have coped? Well I don’t think I would have done.
How dare these men with their out-dated views make such decisions? Decisions that have an effect on people they have made no effort to understand. People that believe women have no place in the boardroom unless it is conducting sexual favours on their knees. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/donald-trump-sexism-tracker-every-offensive-comment-in-one-place/)
Over the years many people have fought for the rights of women, not just under the name of the Suffragettes but women such as Marlene Dietrich and Coco Chanel neither of whom were fighting the feminist fight but wore trouser suits during the 30’s which was a huge no no (http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/g4201/famous-feminists-throughout-history/?slide=7). They challenged the conceptions of female/male fashions. Gloria Steinem was a prominent feminist in the 70’s. She campaigned heavily for women’s rights and founded various feminist groups (http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/gloria-steinem). These women were starting from scratch; they had to scream and shout to be heard in the first place. Now the initial voice has been heard the long-term work is really being carried out, this is being done in a much quieter, calmer fashion by the likes of Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie. The foundations were laid now its time for the rest of the building. Unfortunately the whole world seems to be going through a rather large tectonic shift and the very foundations we are building on are at extreme risk of collapse.
Feminism wasn’t in the forefront of my mind until this year. Now I worry if we don’t protect the work women before us have already done we will be back at the very beginning. I believe feminism is going to evolve into more than just a fight for the rights of women but into a fight for all humankind that isn’t white, male and of a high societal class. A fight against all those who think they can do what they like just because they exist! What that means for my daughters doesn’t even bare thinking about. I have never really considered myself a feminist; I don’t even really like the word. It isn’t about being female in my mind; it is about being treated equally regardless of biological design.
Thank you Kirsty! This was such a brilliant and impassioned piece of writing that sums up a lot of my thoughts at the moment. I agree with Kirsty’s thoughts on the label ‘feminist’, I have to say that it is a term that I was hesitant to use because of all of the negative connotations that can be associated with it. However, like Kirsty said, it’s about fighting for equality – our gender should not come into it.
I’m Kirsty, married with two daughters, Ellie (3) and Trixie (2). We are born and bred British and therefore struggle to say no to tea and cake (or a queue). In my house the kettle is always on.
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