Businesswoman, cookbook author, and TV cook I am a feminist. However, it is very sad that the word has turned into a negative one in recent years; it has been confused and misinterpreted to mean ‘anti-men’. If this was what feminism was about, I wouldn’t be a feminist.
There needs to be a change of attitude towards the word, because it is causing a lot of people, both men and women, to have reservations about identifying with the issue. Feminism is simply about gender equality, and it affects both men and women.
If you believe women all over the world should receive the same education and opportunities as men, if you believe men and women should be paid the same for doing the exact same work of the same quality, if you believe men and women should both feel they can show vulnerability or emotion without being judged, then you believe in feminism. I believe in all these things; I believe in gender equality. When certain women who call themselves ‘feminist’ use feminism as an excuse to attack men, they are doing an injustice to all women. Attacking men is counterproductive; it’s unfair to men, and just results in a lot of them hating feminists. Men and women need to be on the same side in order to make progress with gender equality. I think perhaps a solution would be to try abolishing the word ‘feminism’ and starting again. Let’s call it ‘equalism’, let’s define it as I have above, and let’s all get on board.