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    This is great ladies! I love our different (yet similar) perspectives. These are the conversations that I truly value and consider more inclusive than many “feminist” dialogues. As I mentioned, I am hesitant to call myself a feminist. What does that even mean? It’s already difficult enough for any individual to identify with a particular collective. I chuckled when reading Abigail’s piece because I also agree that male chivalry is not oppression. Yes sir, you can open that door and pick up that dinner tab. Thank you very much! And yes, it also is my dream to be an author/housewife one day with a few naked brown booty babies running around on a beach. That’s my choice and if my husband ends up being the breadwinner, I don’t consider that disempowering, just as I expect him to feel the same if the roles are reversed. So long as a woman feels empowered, I leave it up to her how she wants to define the roles in her (heterosexual or homosexual) relationship and the way she lives her life. It’s not my place to judge or tell people that they’re oppressed. Let each woman decide for herself and that’s the type of change I support: creating an environment for women to have “choice.”

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      Are you like IN my head??? Brown babies!nnBut seriously, when Dante posed the question to me, it was the first time I really thought about it and couldn’t get on “one side” of the fence. But that’s exactly it — give women the right to choose and respect their decisions. Educate women so they can make educated decisions. Those decisions affect women, men and children. Feminism should be all inclusive of races and genders. Educate men on Black feminism so the movement can gain support and they don’t feel threatened by it. I still have so many other “points” that are stuck in my head. I love it. Dante got me thinking!nnMakeda articulated it well when he wrote when women choose “traditional gender roles” it’s looked down upon by feminists and feminists can loose their femininity.

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    To me “feminism” is about ameliorating all ‘-isms’ and is based on the belief that no one is free unless we are all free. It is about working against the institution of white, heterosexist patriarchy, not hating on men as individuals.nnIn my personal beliefs about what it means to be a feminist, you cannot truly be a feminist unless you strive to be an ally in the fight against racism and heterosexism, and all other oppression as well. It is based on the belief that, as women, we would collectively work toward justice for all if we had more power.nnThis is a great discourse! Thank you.

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