Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Preach, Bloggess, Preach

The ever-talented-queen-of-hilariously-inappropriate-analogies (The Bloggess - duh) just wrote this post entitled, "Women Who are Ambivalent About Women Against Women Against Feminism."

As soon as I read it, I realized she was saying EXACTLY what I said in a previous post, "It's OK to Drop the F Bomb"

It's always so refreshing to see other women understand this point!

The Bloggess: "Do you think men and women should have equal rights politically, socially and economically?  Then you’re probably a feminist."

Me: "If you are a woman, and you support the rights and equality of women, guess what? You are a FEMINIST! (Gasp!) Instead of shuddering at the thought, try to embrace it. And let's continue to move forward.Don't be afraid to drop the F bomb."

We could talk about how the F word is misinterpreted until we are blue in the face. It's so bad that women are fighting AGAINST feminism. They are scoffing at it. Mostly because they have a distorted view of what feminism means to the core.

If you believe men should have more rights than women, should get hired over a woman because of their gender, should make more money than a woman doing the same job, then yes, go right ahead and bash feminism. But, if you think both genders should be equal in all things, then that IS feminism. And it's OK to know that, and to admit that. 

Instead of ranting again, just go read The Bloggesss' post. It's the same idea as mine, but way more hilarious, per usual. 

And before you leave, here are some of my favorite quotes from Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest it. I promise it's not a bra-burning vent session. It's full of eye-opening facts, relevant stories, and inspiring suggested solutions.

"For many men, the fundamental assumption is that they can have both a successful professional life and a fulfilling personal life. For many women, the assumption is that trying to do both is difficult at best and impossible at worst."

"The data plainly reveal that sharing financial and child-care responsibilites leads to less guilty moms, more involved dads, and thriving children." 

"Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women."

"Everyone needs to get more comfortable with female leaders - including female leaders themselves."

"Instead of ignoring our differences, we need to accept and transcend them."

"Currently, only 24 percent of women in the United States say that they consider themselves feminist. Yet when offered a more specific definition of feminism - 'A feminist is someone who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the sexes' - the percentage of women rises to 65 percent."

"We cannot change what we are unaware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change."

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  1. Everyone needs to hear this, men and women alike!

    -Lindsay from Dearest Darling

  2. So many words are misconstrued and people use them (or hate them) without knowing true meaning. Love this post!

  3. Don't even GET me started on these starlets that claim their not feminists. Makes me want to SPIT how mad it gets me!

  4. Ya know, honestly, I didn't consider myself a feminist either - but after reading the definition, I clearly am!!

  5. You learn something new every day, and today I learned that I am a feminist :D


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