Recently I gave a talk to a group of talented women on this year’s IWD theme #BeBoldForChange. As is usual with these kinds of talks it triggers a lot of spirited discussions. One of these conversations stayed with me long after the talk was over.
A lot of people misguidedly equate being feminists with male bashing.
Feminism has become the dirty F word that people want to quickly disassociate themselves with. Marriam Webster defines feminism as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”.
That’s all it really is – Equality.
Piers Morgan on the day of the Women’s March, tweeted, “I’m planning a ‘Men’s March’ to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who’s with me?” A few weeks later when interviewing Stephen Hawking Piers Morgan got taught by the professor on what it means to being a feminist. When asked if he was one, he very simply said “Yes, I have always supported women’s rights.”
I have a lot of wonderful men in my life in the form of father, spouse, friends, uncles, cousins etc. I am blessed to have them in my life, and putting their gender down to raise my gender up would only be doing a huge disservice to them, and defeat the whole purpose of equality of the sexes. I am proud to say that I am a feminist. Are you?