"I don't think that being a strong person is about ignoring your emotions and fighting your feelings. Putting on a brave face doesn't mean you're a brave person. That's why everybody in my life knows everything that I'm going through. I can't hide anything from them. People need to realise that being open isn't the same as being weak."

- Taylor Swift

Saturday, October 02, 2010

my computer's not working. must be the feminists' fault. the world's not working. must be feminists' fault.

Don't blame all the world's problems on feminists.

First of all, the people who blame us are largely clueless men and farked-up misogynist chauvinist bumholes. You're probably the reason why the world has problems in the first place and you're not only hindering the feminist cause, you're criticizing it, too.

Second of all, just because bad shit happens it's not because women are somehow involved, okay? We're not cursed, despite what some let's-completely-misinterpret-the-Bible-and-give-all-religious-people-a-bad-name people think.

Third of all, if you say that women are born to emotional and passionate and easily-swayed, then men are born too callous and thick skinned and cold hearted. If you say that you speak from experience, then I speak from experience - no, seriously, I am.

Feminists are not world war starters, we're not men haters, we're not child murderers. We stand up for what is right. If you think that in the last half-century feminism as gotten nowhere, then I blame you. It's hard to burn brightly when you keep getting snuffed out. It's hard to sing with one voice when you're always getting drowned out. Equal rights, equal pay, equal choice. That's all we are. Nothing more.

Inspired by this, a post on the ABC The Drum Unleashed by Clementine Ford, an Australian feminist freelance writer.

1 comment:

Adelaide Dupont said...

Does feminism have a complaints choir? (This is a Finnish institution where a group of people sing together).

The cousin immediately above me was whinging about why there are female Prime Ministers like Julia Gillard. In his formative years, the only model for that sort of thing was Margaret Thatcher, and so I can understand that.

How feminism has progressed in the last 30 years: up, down and otherwise!

The clueless men you can at least do something about, by cluing them in or up.

The bumholes: well, you can laugh, or you can ignore them.

And Kristy Fraser-Kirk's name is going across my mind right now. Her passion and emotionality is being medicalised.