Jul 13, 2021 08:41PM betrayal wrote:
Moth: Thanks for the edification on your gender critical rad/fem stance. I, too, had to reread it to fully understand. I agree that we have not achieved equality yet but do accept that in my lifetime I have seen advances in some aspects for the female experience for the positive. When I first entered the workforce my male counterparts, performing the same job, were paid more and this persisted until we unionized. It has not been erased though because we still make less than males and are less likely to be given a promotion based on merit rather than penis status. So I don't think genitalia should be a deciding factor.
I am pro-choice due to work experiences where unwanted pregnancies were forced on women and I saw the aftermath in dysfunctional families, socioeconomic disparities and child abuse. I still believe I have the right to control what happens to my body and for that reason most of my physicians are female after negative, paternalistic experiences with male physicians who wanted to "little lady me".
I will not shop at Hobby Lobby due to their stance on birth control. They will pay for Viagra but not BCP. Same for Catholic church supporting Viagra but not BCP.
I do not bash males unless they need it and am selective in the process to not address their gender but the issue that is at hand or if they feel they can intimidate me. I had one guy aggress me by pressing close and hulking over me (he was much taller) and I just calmly told him to retreat because he needed to consider what was in reach of my hand. He got the message and backed off.
Not sure what kind of feminist that makes me but I raised my son to be considerate of women, he learned to sew and cook and is the chief cook in his household. My DD would be embarrased when I told her her dates were Losers and by my use of The thumb and index finger L on my forehead. When her last boyfriend harrassed her about getting a college education, I threw him out of the house and told him not to return until he could respect her and her decisions. It was the end of that relationship and she has since married the man of her dreams who loves and respects her.
So I think we will all have an aspect/interpretation of feminism that we feel best suits us and our definition. I hope we can discuss them and use this as a learning platform to promote ourselves and others. Unity is what we need, there is enough division in the world without it occurring here.