I really don't know what direction this post is about to take. What I do know is, this is something that's been on my mind lately and something I want to admit: I am a feminist.
Before you tune me out and start picturing me picketing in my Birkenstocks, know that 1) Feminism is not a dirty word and 2) I am not a man-hater.
The fact remains, I believe we live in a sexist society and I believe in equality for women.
I think my feminist mindset has been brewing under the surface for some time. For instance, when a rude, older gentleman at my former place of employment prompted me to write this post. Or when a former professor posted this link that showed off the 'humorous' graphic tees marketed by Spencers with lines like, "When I want your opinion, I'll take my d**k out of your mouth," "Hey slut, let's f**k" and "Fetch me a beer b***h." Ugh, re-reading makes me physically ill.
The thing that bothers me perhaps more than anything, though, is that women are so often guilty of perpetuating this misogynistic mentality. Why are so many of us so ready to attach our worth to our physical appearance, our marital status or our ability to procreate?
Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to be a Mommy. But I refuse to assume 100% of the parental responsibility simply because of my gender. I believe parenting should be an equal partnership. Just as I believe women should expect equality in every other facet of their lives.
There's a lot more I could say on this and much more articulately, I'm sure. But, I'm curious-
Do you describe yourself as a feminist?