words by Sandra Shih Tonkinson
We are sharing Emma Watson’s UN speech. It is time we dismantle the misleading and distracting connotations of the word FEMINISM. If you think you are not a feminist, especially if you are a woman, you are wrong. A feminist is anyone – female or male – who believes in equal rights. It does not mean someone who hates men. The term “feminism” is said to have been coined by Utopian Socialist Charles Fourier, a French philosopher who wanted to liberate man, woman, and child.
Equal rights does make men and women the same. We are not. With equal rights and respect for contribution given, rather than expected, we allow both men and women to express who they are, on the whole human spectrum. While men may tend to exhibit certain qualities and women others, these emotions, attitudes, and characteristics are by no means exclusive and assigned to gender. This also means women would no longer have to behave as men (or what is traditionally labelled as male) to succeed in the working environment. Women can choose to remain in what is termed traditional jobs without being judged as unprogressive or unambitious. Or anti-feminist.
We feel we cannot not share this if we are celebrating WOMEN in this issue. We advocate, along with HeForShe, a SheForShe way of living.
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