Hi Genderbuzzers, Natasha here! I am proud to call myself a Feminist so today I thought I’d share with you what Feminism means to me personally spoken from my own experience and narrative of being a heterosexual woman. Here we go….
Feminism has to be based on the unconditional equal legal rights if men and women When it comes to Feminism being practically reflected in the power structures of society, it is the levers of the law which must uphold values of equality and social justice. The legal system is one of the most powerful tools we have to enforce the legal rights of men and women and equal laws and the enforcement of those laws are the bedrock of Feminism.
Feminism must involve the commitment to ending historical patriarchal structures– Such structures have kept women outside the institutions of power, wealth, and status for millennia. By dismantling these structures, and creating new ones which women jointly construct from the ground up, a different kind of society based on gender equality will emerge.
Feminism must involve the realisation that men are no longer the epicentre of women’s worlds – Not only of women’s professional worlds, but of their personal one’s too. Women have their own interests, their own ambitions and desires – independent of men. In a heterosexual relationship, men and women stand side by side at the centre of their joint lives together. No more hanging out on the periphery for modern women
Feminism represents the freedom to voice my opinions publicly and loudly– the voices and opinions of women, and in fact of all minorities, have long been cast as less important than the voices and opinions of men. In addition to having our opinions dismissed, women who have spoken up have been subject to ridicule and shaming. The non-shaming of women who speak up and speak out publicly without disdain and ridicule, is a fundamental tenet of Feminism.
Feminism for me at its most fundamental level is the knowledge that I and all women are truly powerful people in our own rights – I do not accept what I call ‘Power by Proxy’ from a man which is usually conditional, I stand in my own power to earn my own living, to define my own life as I want to live it and to contribute to society by undertaking powerful societal positions in my civic and professional life.
I’d love to hear how you think about Feminism in your own life. Please send in your comments below!