I am Woman…

I am declaring myself a feminist. No, not one of the man hating variety. Rather, I what to support women in anything they want to do. If I woman wants to have a high powered career, more power to her! If she wants to be a stay-at-home mom, I will support her right to that equally as fiercely.

I believe men and woman should have equal pay for equal work, just on principle. (Hardly anyone likes working, so we should all be compensated fairly.) I also support maternity leave for both men and women, because not every woman wants to stay home and some men do. I believe in specialized health care for women and for men. We all have different bits that require different care. I believe sexual harassment is wrong, no matter who is doing it. (Women can sexually harass too!) And I believe we should all have control over our own bodies (which means no rape too), as long as we are mentally capable of understanding what we are doing or not doing to them.

I see men and women as being different but also the same. We are all human beings, trying to find our way in a complicated and overwhelming world. Sometimes we are told to be strong, other times we are encouraged to show our emotions. Patriotism is lauded, but it is also dismissed as destructive. I think we all need to support each other in finding our own paths to happiness, so long as they don’t trample on the happiness of others.

Just don’t get me started on that “wommin”, “womyn”, “herstory” stuff…


4 Responses

  1. Mari says:

    That wommin crap gets under my skin every time! There was a woman who came along about a year ago to a message board where I’m a staff member – she was going on and on about “wombyn”. Wombyn?? ROFL It was sooo hard to take her seriously.

  2. Silverlotus says:

    Sounds like she is reducing women to their womb. I’m a heck of a lot more then that! 😛 Although if that was all I was, I’d probably weigh a lot less… 😉

  3. Mari says:

    ROFL I hear you. I’ve said for years – even before I had children – that I’m more than the sum of “my parts”. Of course, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned what that means more and more – and the truer it is. 😉

  4. Lori says:

    I’ve always enjoyed this definition of feminism:
    Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.