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