I’m always been aware, ever since being a young girl that something wasn’t right between the sexes. Already at school I was expected to do the sexual pleasing and accept my boyfriend to have pictures of naked women on his walls and as I entered university and the working world I was to accept that strip clubs were a right of passage for men, I was to get paid less for the same jobs and not get to climb the same career ladder, that I was more likely to get raped and certainly more likely to get abused in my own home.

Being an alpha male and a player was a good thing, whilst being the female equivalent, a ‘slut’ was a bad thing. Being a powerful alpha male in the work place was a good thing, but being a powerful female in the work place meant you were a ‘bitch’.  In the cold winter months a man could dress warmly and comfortably but the woman was required to stand miserable, bearing all, in sub-zero temperatures for a good night-out to be had (by the men).

The imbalances between men and women have seeped into our work places, onto our streets, into our consumption patterns and our social lives. Imbalances are everywhere, making women feel small and men feel big, and increasingly bigger.

The way of addressing this power imbalance is through feminism. That is why I am one, a feminist.

I know we have a long way to go, and this blog will, I hope, outline whether or not we can get there.


2 Responses to “About”

  1. Summersday August 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    You say ‘The way of addressing this power imbalance is through feminism. That is why I am one, a feminist.’ Do you think that feminism is the only way of addressing this power imbalance? Or could a broader call for social justice do the same thing? Could stronger adhesion to moral values do similar things? Maybe the most important parts of feminism i.e. equal pay for equal work, higher conviction rates for rapists etc could simply be called ‘social justice’ or is it important to keep calling feminism ‘feminism’?

    Also do you not think that both female and male ‘players’ should be seen as engaging in shameful behaviour rather than both being seen as engaging in a ‘good thing’?

    It would be interesting to look into why the term feminism is shunned by so many people. Is it chiefly about consumerism? Or has feminism itself become so diluted in its aims that people don’t know what it stands for any more? If a movement includes vehemently pro-porn, pro-sex work and anti-porn, anti-sex work factions surely that only confuses those outside the movement as to its aims?

  2. Summersday August 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    By the way, I’m very much looking forward to further posts from you as I like your writing style!

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