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

I would call my­self a fem­i­nist be­cause I be­lieve in hu­man equal­ity and equal rights for both men and women. I’m a huge sup­porter of women, and firmly be­lieve in the im­por­tance of women sup­port­ing each other, both in our pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives. I think that it’s time to leave be­hind the cul­ture of pit­ting women against each other, as it achieves so lit­tle. In­cred­i­ble things hap­pen when women sup­port each other in busi­ness and in life.

At some point, cer­tain as­pects of feminism may have be­come mis­in­ter­preted by some, leading to a low­ered con­fi­dence in iden­ti­fy­ing as a fem­i­nist and a search for a dif­fer­ent term to use to ex­press the same mes­sage. But I think that the mes­sage of equal rights for both sexes has been strongly re­in­stated, and peo­ple re­alise that that’s what it comes down to. There have been times in the past where I fully sup­ported the move­ment but didn’t iden­tify with the name, be­cause it had been as­so­ci­ated with a more rad­i­cal side of the fem­i­nist cam­paign. But now, I’m proud to call my­self a fem­i­nist, and un­der­stand that there are many dif­fer­ent ways for us to ex­press our­selves.

There have been times where feminism has been brought to a more rad­i­cal level, and has pos­si­bly been in­ter­preted as be­ing anti-men. But I feel that now, a bet­ter bal­ance has been achieved, where both men and women un­der­stand that it’s about hu­man equal­ity. I think it’s about how you in­ter­pret it as an in­di­vid­ual, but it’s ob­vi­ously not in­tended to be un­fair on men or against men. Feminism couldn’t work with­out men, and the more men get be­hind it and even call them­selves fem­i­nists, the bet­ter!

Model, nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist, cook­book au­thor, food blog­ger

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