Friday, September 25, 2009

I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

A new thing that will reoccur whenever I think a word has been misrepresented, misunderstood, or even not understood at all for long enough and feel like getting on my semantic soapbox. Also because I love that quote and the movie it's from.


Feminism is not:

-about hating/bashing/mocking/oppressing men
-outdated, unneeded, or irrelevant in today's society
-touted by bitter women who are too ugly to "get a man"/lesbians who hate men
-touted only by women
-anti-femininity/stay at home moms/family/marriage/love/makeup/sexuality/beauty

Feminism is:
-about promoting equality and respect between all genders
-an increasingly complex topic in today's society
-touted by people of all shapes, sizes, ages, genders, sexual preferences, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and levels of the popular ideal of physical attractiveness
-about people of any gender having the ability to choose their lifestyle, profession, education, style of dress, sense of aesthetics (as much as anyone choses that), hairstyle, romantic/sexual partners, and opinions-- and most especially then not restricting the rights of anyone else to do the same
-still incredibly relevant and important on a global scale (yes, developed Western countries too) because sexism does, in fact, still exist
-often debated amongst even self-proclaimed feminists because cultural ideals and personal experiences differ from region to region and person to person, and sexism is not always blatantly obvious or free from controversy or ambivalence-- this is why discussion, debate, questions, and expression are so fundamentally important to any subject or movement


  1. Feminisim is stupid. The world would be a much happier place if we all just accepted our positions in the home and catered to our husband's every whim with a sincere smile and thankful heart for his position of bringing home the cash for that delightful roast we're busy setting on the table before him. Peace on earth baby.

  2. That's true, Evie. I personally show my inferiority to the male species by making a pot roast and letting My Man eat it off my back as I kneel adoringly before him. I mean, shit, they let us skirts outta the kitchen, next thing you know we'll want shoes! ;)

  3. Inferiority? Who's inferior? I make the best damn pot roast around, and have many other awesome skills that my husband could not possibly live without. People don't realize that the real power lies in the kitchen. Excellent food is not only what keeps a person alive, but it induces a state of euphoria that if used wisely can garner a woman all the "shoes" she wants. :) Today my "shoes" are being delivered in the form of a 52" flat panel LCD. I can hardly wait! If this is inferiority... Well, baby, I'm lovin' it!!!