Feminism is NOT a Bad Word
fem·i·nist [fem-uh-nist] adjective
1. advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.
When my son’s AP U.S. History teacher asked his students last year how many of them were feminists, do you know how many hands went up in the class?
I am proud to say it was my son’s. Not one girl in that entire class thought of herself as a feminist. My heart sank when he told me. Not one female.
Feminism has somehow become a bad word. “Feminists” allegedly tried to ruin the traditional family back when I was a child. How dare women want to be something else other than mothers and wives! Don’t they know a woman’s place is in the home?
In her February 8 column, bane of existence Phyllis Schlafly wrote the following.
“The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 2 on a straight party-line vote. That proves again that the feminists control the Democratic Party, and also is a refreshing indication that Republicans are no longer intimidated by feminist demands.”
Yes, it is a terrible thing to protect women from domestic violence. Schlafly goes on to pose the question on every woman’s mind who has been beaten so badly she cannot move — what about the man? Who is advocating for men’s rights?
Feminism has been continuously criticized and vilified for years by misogynist Rush Limbaugh, who has insisted on calling us “feminazis.” And now, he is at it again on a grand scale with his comments about Sandra Fluke. Although he issued a lame “apology” because his show was losing advertisers, I don’t buy it.
Why is it that a woman who testifies that contraception is a necessity for women’s healthcare and should be covered by health insurance fodder for his insanity? A slut and a prostitute? Really?
What kind of person says this? “If we're going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.'"
Take a minute to absorb what he said. Wow.
Feminism is a good thing. It is the reason we have the choices available to us today.
March is National Women’s History Month. Periodically, I will be posting about the lives of some of the founding mothers, women who boldly forged the path we continue today.
Lest we forget.