REBECCA HORAN

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - GIRL POWER -

To me, feminism is about gen­der equal­ity, be­ing af­forded the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as men, so­cially, po­lit­i­cally, eco­nom­i­cally, in the work­place, ed­u­ca­tion, and so on — the same way I feel about how peo­ple should be treated re­gard­less of race, re­li­gion or sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

I feel like it’s a given that I’m a fem­i­nist. I am a woman, I am a fem­i­nist. I love men; I am not a man-hater, far from it, to blame men for the is­sues we still have isn’t fair — of­ten it’s fear of change and lack of vi­sion and fore­sight. It’s not a chip I have, but a badge I wear proudly.

I have no reser­va­tions about be­ing iden­ti­fied as fem­i­nist, but it can be seen as a dirty word — that may be be­cause some peo­ple don’t know the true mean­ing, or have had a neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of fem­i­nists.

Sadly, gen­der quo­tas might be some­thing that we need, but I feel an­gry that this is even still an is­sue in 2016; but it is, I see it. Some fan­tas­tic women are not be­ing con­sid­ered for roles.

Are there ways in which cur­rent fem­i­nist think­ing goes too far? Pre­sum­ing all men are misog­y­nists, preda­tors, are try­ing to block women’s progress, is just not help­ful; us­ing it for the wrong agenda di­lutes the mean­ing and misses the point.

We have all been wronged by men and we have all been wronged by women — we can’t call that feminism. It’s about equal­ity. That’s it.

Broad­cast jour­nal­ist, New­stalk FM

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