Chloe Metzger, Blog – Embracing Feminism in Modern Society

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Throughout our last few lectures on the course, we have considered what it means to be a feminist, and indeed what that means to ourselves. With an outpouring of feminists texts and media being published in the last few years, one must consider what feminism means to our generation. Authors such as Caitlin Moran (pictured), Polly Vernon, Laurie Penny, Natasha Walter and Laura Bates have all sought to bring feminist issues into our everyday lives.

 

One may argue that these writers needed to bring feminism into today’s society to remind us of its purpose and relevance. When considering the fight that our mothers and grandmothers had in their time one can see stark differences between the two periods, in relation to what women are up against. While they fought for contraceptives and the right to have a career rather than stay at home, today’s young women are working against the implications of explicit porn and how to include women of all ethnicities in feminist thinking.

 

Feminism is alive and kicking in society thanks to these women and the women before them, however, as times change so does the definition of a feminist. With that in mind, however, it is not the ways in which you relate to feminism that is important, instead it is that you can call yourself a feminist. As Moran states in How To Be A Woman, saying out loud that you are a feminist is  ‘probably one of the most important things a woman will ever say.’

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lukas on April 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I do agree that it is more important to be unified as feminists than how we relate to feminism. Also, I thinkt the different feminist issues of different generations build on each other, equal pay becomes relevant only when it is socially acceptable for women to have proper careers, and to be able to choose not to have children. I always assumed that different names for feminism (second wave, third wave etc.) related more to the current issues instead of the individuals themselves.

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  2. Posted by Christie on April 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

    “saying out loud that you are a feminist is ‘probably one of the most important things a woman will ever say.’”
    Moran’s statement is an interesting one and it still surprises me how many people – both male and female – amongst my friends and family misunderstand the term ‘feminism’ and what it means to be a feminist. When someone tells me they are not a feminist, I cannot help but ask them – ‘Do you think that men and women should have equal rights?’ The reply has always been yes, proving that again, it is the term ‘feminist’ that people continue to have an issue with. I think ‘feminism’ is too often misunderstood as ‘women who hate men.’ Whilst it is true that such ‘man-hating’ feminists exist, I wonder whether the term ‘feminist’ is accurate in this case? Can the aim in such a strand of feminism be for equal rights between men and women?

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  3. Posted by Phoebe on April 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I find it interesting to see the stigma still attached to the word ‘feminist’ even today. I wish I could say that I had not been asked that, because I am a feminist, did I hate men? Was I lesbian?? Or did I not shave my legs??? The term is often misunderstood by men and women. In one of our first seminars at university we had a debate on the term ‘feminist’ and what it really meant. I was in disbelief at how many girls said they were not feminists because they didn’t believe that they were better than men rather, they believed in equality. Equality is the reason I AM a feminist. I believe that men and women should have equal economic, political, social and personal rights. As Moran states, feminists are all united in the belied that they want to be equal to men, not above or below them. She also points out that men should want feminism as well as women, ‘because after all, why would men want to live in a world where women aren’t happy – it’s going to impact them too’.

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