1. What does feminism mean to you? Does it have to do with the work sphere? The social sphere? How you dress? How you act?
Feminism, to me, means the right for every woman to have the same rights and expectations that men have in today’s society. It starts in the work sphere and moves into the social sphere. It does include how you dress and how you act. A woman who acts in the same straightforward manner should never be called a b!tch, when the very same behavior by a man would earn him kudos. Tears do not make a woman weak. Conversely, women should not perpetuate the stereotypes by playing the ditz or by playing up sexuality in an effort to win favors from men. They are only harming the cause of equality for all.
2. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
I do consider myself a feminist. I am extremely passionate that women have equal rights and expectations as men. Women should not get stuck with the brunt of the housework or cooking just because she is a woman. Similarly, men should not have to be the only ones who take care of the yard or the maintenance on the house or cars. Gender stereotyping drives me insane as needless and strike me as perpetuating the unequal roles. Nothing gets me angrier faster than seeing that in this day and age, women still make less than men in similar roles with similar educational and work backgrounds. In addition, women still get punished for having a family.
3. What do you consider the biggest obstacle women face in the world today? Has that obstacle changed over time, or does it basically remain the same?
I think one of the biggest obstacles women face today is each other. Women are notoriously cutthroat and are famous for backstabbing others in the boardroom, something most men would never consider doing in a business environment. Also, we are the first to criticize a woman for working outside of the home, assuming that her parenting leaves something to be desired; however, we also criticize women who stay home as being unmotivated. We compete for men, we compete for jobs, we compete with clothes, jewelry, purses, and the like. If we stopped competing and started helping each other, I feel that we would be a lot closer to equal rights for all than we actually are.
I do think that this obstacle has changed over time. According to history books, there was a time when women were more likely to form close bonds and help each other in life, which I just do not see happening now. This saddens me because the numbers are on our side, if only we could come together to utilize the power of those numbers.
What do you think? Are you a feminist? What is our greatest obstacle today?