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The Misconception About Feminism
I'm often very bewildered at the ignorance of Bahamian
society surrounding the subject of "feminism". It seems that some
individuals simply detest what the movement represents and Bahamian men
in particular, have misconstrued the topic as solely to mean "women who
don't need a man".
In order to understand what a 'feminist' is, we must first
understand what the word actually means. The Oxford Dictionary defines
feminism as "the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes."
This definition in its entirety states that feminism is meant to uplift
and support women as equals in every aspect of society.
For some reason though it seems that some among us have
observed that men supporting feminism is somehow wrong or disgusting.
This idea is based on the male chauvinistic belief that a woman should never rise above a man; nor can she be equal to him in any way.
The real question is though, Does the concept of a woman
being equal to a man somehow make men feel less than women? And why do
some men feel that way?
A few days ago I ordered a matching t-shirt set for myself
and my daughter. The word "Feminist" is printed on the front of the
T-shirt. I decided to wear my shirt the other day and a middle-aged man
at the gas station shouted "Oh so you don't need a man?!"
I asked him what he meant, and his response was "...you are one of
those women who thinks she better than man that's why you all fall the
way you do; trying to go against what God intended!"
Huh? When did supporting political, economic and social
equality become equivalent to going against Gods plan? Saying that I
want equality and deserve the right to be treated equally to my male
counterparts, suddenly disturbs the divine order that God created? I think not!
Women in The Bahamas do not have LEGAL equal rights, we are
second-class citizens in our homes without the rights to pass on our
citizenship to the children whom we CARRY and BIRTH, nor are we allowed
to pass citizenshsip on to our foreign spouses in the same way that men
are. For women working in male dominated fields and offices, Sexual Harrassment, Discrimination and Blatant Sexism are
often par for the course and translate into less opportunities for
career advancement. For lots of women aspiring to improve their lot in
life, "feminism" breaks the traditional rule or law, and
turns male dominance into a thing of the past. Was this man telling me
that my wanting to make a difference in society weather it is socially,
economically or politically and as women is an affront to GOD? Is he
saying that I can't? Is he implying that I as a woman, do not deserve
the right to have a seat at the table?
The time has come for mothers to begin raising their CHILDREN
to believe and understand that equality is NOT a threat, but an
inalienable RIGHT! Despite what some people think, it is okay to
question a man, when the answer does not seem to fit the right way in a
sentence. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said it best "We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller, we say to girls "You can have ambition but not too much, you should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man"
Why are we programming our Bahamian women to be imprisoned by
mental slavery? Mothers, you have a responsibility to your daughters.
You must teach them to be strong, teach them to be educated, teach them
to stand up for their right to equality, teach them to be "feminists". Yes, feminists!
We also have to teach our SONS to see girls and women as
their equals. As partners who must work together and NOT as someone to
boss around, use or abuse.
Bahamian society needs strong women willing to look towards a
future driven by respect and equality for all individuals. Please
ladies and gentlemen, remember: "Feminism" is not a dirty word, it does
not mean that you hate men, it simply means that you believe in
equality; the same equality our nation builders have fought for over the
decades. Feminism+ Feminist+ Strong Women = Equality.
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