Today I am over at A Practical Wedding, writing on clarifying the language of feminism. Meg Keene, the sites’s publisher and a friend of mine, took feminism as the theme for October. I’m squeaking in under the wire.
When she asked me for a piece, immediately I thought I needed to write about language. By now it should be clear that I deconstruct anything difficult, hoping that clear definitions and logic sort out everything – from feminism to what to wear on the sofa. In a charged emotional situation, I’m either going to burst into sobs, confess, rant, or analyze.
In these excerpts, you may see that I mostly took the second path:
What Feminism Isn’t
Hating men…I’ve worked in male-abundant industries on and off since 1983, my happiness in my job independent of gender percentages. In all this time, I have seen no evidence of a unified patriarchal conspiracy. Some men like women, some do not. Some want equality, others do not….
What Feminism Is: An Immodest Proposal
Equal Access To Power—Taking Down The Barriers
Let’s clarify. We don’t have the right that power be awarded us just because we’re women. We do have the right to equal access to power. And, if we want to realize that right, we have to take down barriers…
As you can imagine, a list of public and personal barriers follows.
Please go take a look, if you have the time. Thank you for reading.