Dear Bruised and Broken Hearted people of Internet Land,…
I’m on the road at the moment so I figured I’d keep my blog alive by sharing an interesting article I read recently. The article is entitled, “A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism.’”, as seen on the “I Wanted Wings” blog.
What I liked about this post was that it asks readers to think deeper when it comes to their views on feminism, while keeping in mind how a position of privilege might taint their opinion. The article kind of harks back to two of my own previous posts, “Your Privilege is Nothing but Dumb Luck.” and “What Women Wish They Could Tell Other Women.”. I’ve included some quotes from the I Wanted Wings piece, but I do recommend you read the whole thing.
“The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count… Then you pick up a newspaper or go online. You read about angry women ranting about sexism and inequality. You see phrases like ‘rape-culture’ and ‘slut-shaming.’ You furrow your brow and think to yourself: ‘What are they so angry about? There is no such thing as sexism anymore.’
Now imagine this…
The year is 2014. You are a 13 year-old girl from Niger. Your stomach is swollen from the unwanted life growing inside of it. You had no choice. The father is a man in his 40s. He is a businessman. He has bought you as his wife. You were a penniless, uneducated girl when he came for you. You don’t know of any life you could have had. Neither did your family: just one less mouth for them to feed. You still have the body of a child, and it’s straining under the pressure from the one inside of you. You feel like you’re about to be split in two. You don’t wonder if you will survive the birth. A part of you doesn’t want to.”
“If you don’t think you need feminism, then that is a victory for the movement. You have fulfilled all those dreams that every suffragette being force-fed in prison and every ‘witch’ burnt at the stake dreamed you would one day.
But perhaps take a second to consider the life of the Pakistani woman who was beaten to death by her own family for marrying a man of her choosing. Or the life of the Indian woman who was raped, beaten, and murdered on a bus by a gang of men. Or the life of the little girl in Niger who was sold to a man more than twice her own age and forced to carry a baby that may kill her to deliver. Do they still need feminism?”
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