…And please remember that you were beautiful before he told you that you were.
The reason females are still oppressed within modern progressive society is twofold. Social stigma of men against women, and social stigma of women against themselves. When men lay down their prejudices and treat women as equals in society and the workplace, women are able to confidently pursue their passions without fear of false male superiority. Only then will society truly advance.
This isn’t about women’s advocacy, it is about equality for all people.
Well, I find that terrifically difficult stuff. Look, in a sense, he was trying to express approval, but what’s wrong with being feminine? What is he actually saying? The problem is that men have extreme difficulty with powerful women, who will immediately be dubbed masculine. I don’t accept that. Yes, I’m a powerful woman, but I don’t think I’m like a man at all. I don’t want to be a man. It’s not something that any person of my gender would wish, whether lesbian or straight. We’re women. I want to be allowed to be a powerful woman without being told that means I’m like a man.
The way I view feminism — and I know there are a lot of different things going on — but, at its purest form, to me, it’s a very positive, supportive, nurturing, empowerment thing. I mean, God, who isn’t a feminist? If you don’t think women are as good as men, you’re not a good person. I like to think that most of the population of people worth being friends with are feminists, if that’s what feminism means.
Instead of pretending that all women share the same experience, that we are one and the same, let’s make the word “woman” a perpetual agent of change. Instead of repeating history by chaining ourselves to one specific definition or concept, let’s make the word “woman” a celebration of each of our uniqueness.