In the past two days, though, I read just ‘The Radical Housewife’ by Shannon Drury and nothing else. I was thoroughly entertained by the way Shannon discusses feminism and what it means to be a feminist, stay-at-home mum (SAHM).
I have heard many views on feminism because of my social work and journalism background. However, Shannon’s take on it is fresh and interesting. Or, if this is the norm now, it could be that I am no longer in touch with what has been happening recently.
A cursory understanding of the modern women’s movement might boil down to one word: CHOICE. The choice to wear pants. The choice to cast a vote. The choice to enroll at Princeton or enlist in the Army. The choice to enter the workforce. The choice to use contraception. The choice to terminate a pregnancy. I’ll share what I want: the removal of this word from the feminist vocabulary.
It’s no longer useful in advancing women’s rights in the 21st century, for its message has been cleverly diluted,
if not co-opted, by those who oppose feminism’s goals….
… I suggest that women quit claiming that exercising our civil rights under the law is a matter of personal choice. When the Nineteenth Amendment was adopted, suffragists didn’t say they won the CHOICE to vote, though casting a ballot each November is not required by law and fifty percent of eligible voters choose not to do it.
Rights belong to all—choices belong to a few….
… Rights assume differences, while choice implies similarity….
… Choices assume personal responsibility for every aspect of our lives, while rights assume that not everything will turn out as planned….
“Is Princess Leia the ONLY GIRL in the entire UNIVERSE?! Where are the rest of them?” (when he watched Star Wars for the first time.)
“I think that bullying is just wrong,” he said. “Two moms, two dads, who cares? It doesn’t matter!” (at a public forum “discussing the implementation of Welcoming Schools, a comprehensive guide providing lessons and resources for teachers to address: family diversity, gender stereotyping, and bullying/name calling.)