I’ll be asking feminists near, far whoever and wherever they are! Some questions on feminism. For the countdown to Christmas. But just remember you guys :
feminism isn’t just for Christmas it’s for life!! 🙏🏻🖤
Here’s what my friend Alex has to say on the F word.
There is something special about being called Alex. We’ve hit it off big time because she’s an absolute gem. She’s dead funny, clever and charming. She’s also a super talented writer (pretty much the only stuff I read). If you don’t know her already (trust me you’re missing out) check out her twitter/website below!
When did you become a feminist?
I think I’ve always been one. I really developed my understanding of feminism around the age of 20/21, when I studied my Masters degree. I wrote my dissertation on the linguistic portrayal of women in the media, using the feminist critique of language, and it’s always been something at the forefront of my mind really.
Was there anything in particular that made you one?
I believe that the natural inequality that coexists between boys and girls instilled it in me. Things are changing for the better, but when I was a kid, it was often the case that girls ‘couldn’t do’ certain things that boys could. And that unfairness always pissed me off.
Do you think feminism should be taught in schools?
I don’t see why not. Really what I’d like to be taught is a more overall underpinning of gender inequality and the history behind it. Kids are very sensitive and understanding of unfairness, and if we allow them to explore the issues in an age appropriate manner in schools, we can hope that the world will change as they grow into fairer, more well-rounded people than those of us who’ve gone before them.
Do you or would you like to raise your child with feminist values?
Absolutely. I encourage my daughter to do whatever she puts her mind to, and try to help her view the world without gender-bias towards certain items, toys, professions or even bloody colour schemes
What do you think the word ‘feminist’ means in this modern world?
I like to think it means someone who is able to view the full picture and speak up for the injustices that remain. However in reality it sometimes carries a bad reputation, thanks to some more controversial parts of the ideology and some of the more recent comments made by Germaine Greer, one of the most recognisable voices in the field. She’s come out with some utter shit lately, and that’s not done the ideas behind feminism any favours at all.
Did you ever think feminism was a bad thing?
No. I think the word feminism sometimes can be misused as a vehicle by people who are just driven to be militant, which is a bad thing. People who view feminism as an opportunity to maintain the system of ‘us’ and ‘them’ are part of the larger problem.
Do you think things are getting better or worse?
Better in some ways and worse in others. I think more women are proud to speak up for themselves than ever before, which is great. I also think that people are taking feminism more seriously, but also that some people treat it with greater contempt than ever before too.
Name something you wish for women all across the world?
I just wish we had a fair deal from the get go, right from being children, and that people on the whole would understand that that is all women want and deserve.
Who is your feminist icon?
I don’t think I have one, if I’m honest. My feminist icons are women who advocate change in a purposeful, intelligent way. Ones who try each day to make the world fairer.
Have you ever read a book on feminism? If so which?
I’ve read quite a few, mainly as part of my Masters study etc. I studied Applied Linguistics so media discourse around women is fascinating to me. If you can get a copy of The Feminist Critique Of Language, definitely do so.
Is the gender pay gap actually real?
Of course it is. It’s an absolute disgrace.
What do you think of the term ‘white feminism’ ?
I think if you put the term ‘white’ in front of any kind of belief system or ideology, you’re going to invoke negative feelings, and rightly so. Feminism has no colours, it’s something that anyone can be part of.
Are you proud to be a feminist?
Yes. As a woman, it’s part of who I am.
Can men really be feminists?
I believe so, on a certain level. However as empathetic as they may be, the truth of it is that men don’t experience the world in the same way that women do, and so there’s always going to be a lack of inherent understanding of our experience for them. Which is really hard for some people to get their head around, but it’s just a fact. I’ve got a lot of time for men who do promote feminism though, they’re helping the world be fairer for us and for our kids, and that’s ace.
The term ‘girl boss’ is it lame or cool?
On a personal level I have to say I find it awful. Soz! But, if it makes some women feel more empowered about their efforts then more power to them.
What are your thoughts on Kim Kardashian labelling herself a feminist?
I think she’s more than entitled to call herself whatever she wants. That’s the whole point, isn’t it?
What would you say to a young girl who is thinking about labelling herself a feminist?
Go for it. Be proud to be yourself and to fight for fairness and equality in this world. You’ve got a whole bunch of us behind you.
And what advice would you give to your younger self ?
Stop pissing about at university and train to be a journalist! Also, travel more, and don’t settle for anything less than whatever you actually want.
Tweet Alex at : @ar_mu
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