Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Feminist? Really?

Excuse me as I step onto my soapbox about something that has really been bothering me lately...

I hate the modern feminist movement.  Back when the movement stood for something, I would have been right there with them, demanding a woman's right to vote and equal opportunities.

That's not what the movement stands for anymore.  Groups like NOW don't really care about women...they care about politics.  Why else would they support Jerry Brown after his awful phone conversation surfaced?  They should be outraged!  Why don't they stand up and support groundbreaking women like Sarah Palin and Condaleeza Rice?

The last campaign season brought the shocking reality of just how deep sexist attitudes still run in this country.  Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were ripped to shreds by the media and politicians alike.  How many times does a male candidate get criticized for his suit or his hairstyle?  Yet I heard very little support from feminist groups.  To me, the modern feminist movement doesn't stand for women - it stands for women who think like them.

Women need support.  Period.  Whether you're single or married, a working mom or a stay at home mom, in a traditional work field or breaking new career ground, women need support.  I get so tired of hearing women who choose more traditional roles being bashed by the media and the so-called feminist movement.  If they are all about women why aren't they standing up for stay at home moms or lobbying for a more family friendly work environment?  I think they are taking away much more than they are giving to women.

Ok, off my soapbox now...I feel better now that all of that is off my chest.


Mothers' Hideaway said...

OMG I feel the same exact way. Everything has become so political and so about the masses that everyone has forgotten the true meaning of feminism and strong women.

Jackie said...

Amen and Well Said!


Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

I think this goes both ways. The problem isn't just with the modern day feminists movement, it's with women in general. Women on both sides of the spectrum spend so much time bashing what the other side is doing, instead of supporting them no matter what. That's why men stay in power.

Amanda said...

I just saw a story on the news about the California president of N.O.W. using the same word used a few days ago to describe a female candidate...just another example that they don't stand for women, they stand only with women who think like them. Where is the basic respect for others?

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