I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men, unattractive even.
Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.
Emma Watson in her recent speech to the UN launching the HeForShe campaign
We need to move beyond the stigma of “that time of the month” – women’s feminine hygiene products should be free for all, all the time.
The case for free tampons by Jessica Valenti - read the full piece here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/10/adventures-in-contraception-womens-choices?CMP=twt_gu
For years we have talked about the importance of empowering our daughters, giving them the confidence to challenge abuse and bringing them up as feminists. If we are going to achieve a real-step change in tackling violence against women, we need our sons growing up as confident feminists too.
Fantastic article by the shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper.