I have always been uncertain of the word ‘feminist’ as I was more comfortable being an ‘equalist’.
Given a choice and in an ideal world, I would wholly support an equal society.
Yet today I find myself questioning my choice as we live in world that is neither equal nor ideal.
Today, I accept my identity as a feminist because:
- The rights and freedom women enjoy today are a result of the work of past feminists and social workers who believed in the cause. It is important to carry that movement forward.
- The societal structure is imbalanced (towards men). The force of feminism is necessary to regain the balance.
- Digging deeper into women’s issues and understanding the reality of our societal and economical structure, it is important to have a clear goal (women’s rights) to bring about a real change. Feminism provides the platform to do that.
- Equalism dilutes the real purpose of what we are trying to achieve. Feminism communicates the message in a stronger and more effective manner.
- Patriarchy continues to exist, having ruled over generations, enveloped by many social and personal complexities. Feminism provides a ‘resounding’ voice to challenge authority.
The goal is simple: men and women enjoy the same rights and opportunities within society in all spheres of their lives.
I hope for the day when the F-word becomes redundant, I really do.