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 The Misconception About Feminism 

Dear Readers,

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 " 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.

This Week's 242 News
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Minister of State for Grand Bahama Releases Statement on Employment in Grand Bahama
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According to the statement, "The results of the recently released preliminary Labour Force Survey 2018 reveal that for the period November 2017 to May 2018, the number of persons employed has increased in Grand Bahama by some 725, and increased by 1,805 employed for the period May 2017 to May 2018. Read More
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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • July 16th - August 3rd, 2018 
    • The NAGB Mixed Media Art Summer Camp 
  • July 7th - August 4th, 2018
    • Junkanoo Summer Festival 2018 1:00pm at Arawak Cay  
  • July 7th - August 4th, 2018
    • SUNDAY JAZZ 5:00pm - 8:00pm at Coral Harbour Beach House & Villas
  • August 10th, 2018
    • The Central Bank of The Bahamas presents:
      "Intimacy" - A Solo Exhibition by Jodi Minnis 6:00pm - 9:00pm at The Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery
Grand Bahama
  • August 2nd, 2018
    • Bahamas Federation of Performing Arts 7:00pm at 
      Mackey street Media on Retail Street 
  • August 6th, 2018
    • 11th Annual High Rock Sea Fest 10:00am at 
      Homecoming Cultural Festival
  • August 11th, 2018
    • Humane Society Pub Quiz at 6:00pm at Garden of the Groves
  • August 18th, 2018
    • BASRA Swim Race & Beach Party at Coral Beach 
  • August 29th, 2018
    • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Meeting 12:30pm at Delphine Room,Pelican Bay Hotel
  • August 31st, 2018
    • Bahamas Federation of Performing Arts One Shot Photography Competition 7:00pm at Grand Lucayan
Family Islands
  • August 2nd, 2018 
    • Bay Festival Hatchet Bay at Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera
  • August 3rd, 2018 
    • Cargill Creek Homecoming at Cargill Creek, Andros
  • August 4th, 2018 
    • 5TH Annual Pathway to Wellness at Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
  • August 7th, 2018 
    • Holy Name Church Fair at Alice Town, Bimini
  • August 9th, 2018 
    • Great Harbour Cay Cultural Fest at The Berry Islands 
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