“Feminist blogging is basically the 21st century version of consciousness raising…” – says Courtney Martin.
And what is ‘consciousness raising’ ?
I googled to find out.
Consciousness raising is a ‘form of political activism, pioneered by United States feminists in the late 1960s’. Early feminists felt that many problems in women’s lives were misunderstood as “personal”, or as a result of personality conflicts.
Consciousness raising groups aimed to get a better understanding by bringing women together to discuss and analyze their lives.
Meetings would usually be held about once a week, often in the living room of one of the members.
Meetings usually involved going around the room for each woman to “rap” about a predetermined subject — for example, “When you think about having a child, would you rather have a boy or a girl?”
…what had seemed like isolated, individual problems (such as needing an abortion, surviving rape, conflicts between husbands and wives over housework, etc.) actually reflected common conditions faced by all women.’ [Click to read more.]
Sounds like discussions on our blogs today!?
That makes me a feminist.
I guess Feminism is a natural step in a democracy when we attempt to create a more civilized society for ourselves. Do you agree?
My niece sent me this amazing video – thank You Gauri 🙂
Here are some of the parts I particularly liked,
1. Do you agree with Courtney Martin here? I do.
“My feminism is very indebted to my mom’s, but it looks very different.
So race, class, gender, ability, all of these things go into our experiences of what it means to be a woman.
Pay equity? Yes. Absolutely a feminist issue.
But for me, so is immigration.”
That makes me a feminist too.
2. Courtney Martin’s mother wasn’t the only feminist in their house.
“My dad actually resigned from the male-only business club in my hometown because he said he would never be part of an organization that would one day welcome his son, but not his daughter.”
3. Their biggest success, she feels, are the emails they receive from teenage girls who stumble on their site and realize that feminism is not about man-hating.
That’s a huge success, seeing how many of us have been lead to believe that Feminism is somehow Men versus Women.
So do you think you are a Feminist?