Growing up the word “feminist” was on par with “leper”. It wasn’t something I wanted to call myself because it gave the immature impression that I disliked men and wanted to walk around with hair all over my legs. As a young woman obsessed with looking good so to be accepted and attractive there was no way I would have used that label.
Now that I’m over 30 and over feeling a need to fall for unrealistic beauty standards or spend any time worrying over my looks I’m happy to call myself a feminist. Luckily I’m in good company these days.
“I never did consider or call myself a feminist, but I don’t think you can really be a woman in this world and not be.” says Oprah Winfrey, in the new Makers Feminist video on AOL. THis short video features several successful women talking about feminism.
Margaret Cho points out that feminism is seen as humorless like a “… a whistleblower, like you’re going to make sure nobody has any fun.”
On that same theme Nora Ephron says “The anti-war movement was humorless and the civil rights movement was humorless and nobody accused them of being humorless…”
So yes feminism is still relevant, as long as women are oppressed in any arena and men are stigmatized as nothing more than aggressors in our unhealthy patriarchal society it will remain relevant. After all feminism simply means equality between women and men and we don’t have that yet. Watch the entire video here: http://www.makers.com/blog/makers-feminism
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