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Michelle (mishi55) wrote,
@ 2006-03-24 16:02:00
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    Current music:black eyed peas - my humps

    feminist doesn't have to be an ugly word
    This was one of those weeks where time management was important. And if you know me, you know I'm notoriously bad at managing time. But I was really determined, using the motto, "It can be done." And out of everything, the only thing I messed up was not making another copy of my philo outline for the presentation. Whatever. Ten page story, beat reading, astronomy test, lab, philo presentation, 8 pages of epic journals. It was done. Woot. Tonight I'm determined to relax a bit before I tackle the next pile of crap for next week.

    Fr. Tom came in to beat class on weds to discuss zen buddhism with us and do some meditating. It was pretty
    I got a new book out of the library: the Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. Great author. I had had this idea recently that I should be a feminist. I got out the Feminine Mystique from the library and started researching. And what did I discover? When you mention the words 'feminism' or 'feminist' you either get laughed at, scoffed at, or just ignored as if what you're saying is insane. Apparently I'm not supposed to want to been seen as a feminist. The common view of the feminist is that crazy bra burning, man hating bitch that goes off the deep end. Come on, that's not me. I have guy friends, respect for accomplished men, love for my boyfriend, and definitely love for my dad. He's a pretty cool guy. I also believe that bras are awesome and necessary, ha. I'm just a woman who is interested in understanding what it is to be 'feminine' in the US in 2006.

    Consider this: if you are a woman and are in college, or you support women going to higher education, one could argue that you are a feminist. Now before you freak out, just bear with me. Back in the 50s and 60s, when Betty Friedan was writing the Feminine Mystique, society was noticing that women were unhappy being stuck in the house all day reading magazines about the best in washer dryer sets, changing diapers, and ironing her husband's shirts for his 'real' job. The majority of these women were educated in higher institutions like colleges, some even having phds. Somebody decided that women being educated was a bad thing, and groups were formed against women being allowed to go to college at all. Their logic seemed solid, right?

    They say certain times call for certain measures. And at the time of the first and second waves of feminism, strong political action was necessary to say, get the vote or keep the ability to stay in college. Sure, bra burning was a little over the top, but it got the message sent AT THE TIME. Women wanted equal rights, they wanted to be able to get out of their homes and join the workforce without being called a bad mother, they wanted to keep jobs even they found themselves pregnant, they wanted to make the same amount of money. Could they be happy with magazines about appliances and hair dye while only living for bake sales and pta meetings forever?

    So here we are, 2006. Women are all over the workplace. They can be businesswomen, doctors, whatever. Women stood up and said that advertising shouldn't make them slaves to housework. Education is advertised for men and women. Is everything peachy? Hell no. Instead of magazines with tons of tips on how to keep yourself busy while your husband has a real job, we get magazines that tell us we need to fit into a beauty ideal. Well more on that later, because I've got to head out. Bad time management on my part, remember? Until next time.

    The adventure continues...

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