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[Oct. 24th, 2005|11:21 pm]


For the sake of opening a dialogue, does the need for feminism still exist? In an age where "postfeminism" is supposed to reign supreme, what does feminism need right now?

[User Picture]From: oeillet_noire
2005-10-25 04:25 am (UTC)

my ramblings

I think feminism needs to become less rigid, and we should include women who make a wide variety of life choices. The way American business and our daycare/school system is set up makes it difficult for middle class people to have a career and a family; I believe the way we do things should change so that men and women have more choices, and so that those who have children can have what they need, and those that don't are no longer unfairly burdened. Feminism in America has already done us so much good, we need to work on taking feminism to the rest of the world where women are frequently little better than slaves. Feminism also needs to embrace a more sex-positive attitude (until we stop calling each other sluts, we cannot expect men to stop calling us sluts.) I also see in mainstream feminism too much of a focus on rape (a big issue I know) domestic violence and abortion- lets start celebrating some of the wonderful things about being a woman. I would like to see a celebration of women’s contribution to science, politics, literature and the arts (and hey all those generations who kept the world clothed and fed from their homes deserve recognition as well.) Feminists are frequently seen as rigid, frigid, intellectually dishonest, and angry. I have seen a lot of that when involved in feminist groups previously, lets reserve anger and judgment for those issues which are truly serious, and start embracing our sisters where-ever they are and whatever they do for a living/on Friday nights/while in the privacy of their bedroom/etc.
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From: watersister
2005-10-26 03:44 pm (UTC)

Re: my ramblings

What makes you think feminism doesn't embrace a wide range of choices?
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From: smallraven
2005-10-25 05:34 am (UTC)
Feminism needs to be acknowledged as even more needed than it ever was. Our issues aren't as clear, which makes them much more insidious. Maybe you don't get your ass patted in the work place anymore but you might still get passed up for a job because you're just going to mommy track, you know. Welfare still isn't fair. The supreme court is about to appoint two new judges who can take away our reproductive freedom among other things. People still think mothering is instinctual and I still remember when my two [lesbian] friends got beat up for being together a few years ago. LBGT rights still aren't there. We still call each other sluts and bitches and cunts and mean it. We still don't have a perfect world. WOmen are denied the right to read, write, dress as they like, and say what they want.

When we all become equal, that's when we don't need feminism anymore.
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[User Picture]From: sassenach1970
2005-10-25 11:15 pm (UTC)
If Feminism has really come so far, why are teenage girls reporting abuse from their boyfriends in high school relationships?

Why do these same teenage girls who are the wonderkids at 12 turn into low self-esteem poster girls when the teens rear their ugly heads? (I think it would have something to do with all the clothes marketed to them look like something Britney Spears would have in her wardrobe, personally).

I think somewhere along the line Feminism splintered into Lesbian Feminism, Radical Feminism, EcoFeminism, etc -- somehow that split has to find some way to come together again.

We need more consciousness-raising (events like V-Day), we need more men to care about feminism. The saddest thing is reverse sexism. But I see it happen all the time.

Americans already work more hours than Europeans. They have more vacation time, so they have more time to spend with their families. There are issues that do not affect the women only, but the children who will become the next generation.

Feminism is relevant for everyone, now more than ever
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From: watersister
2005-10-26 03:46 pm (UTC)
Feminism doesn't need anything, IMHO. Women need feminism. (Men need it too, but they already hog discussions about this.) We need to quit taking the word of anti-feminism about feminism as gospel. We need to realize that this is about OUR equal rights and that any fight in favor of those is a good one.
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