Feminism, Marrissa and Celestial rays – I stand Corrected

Feminism – feminist – Wikipedia.

Feminism is a collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women.[1][2] In addition, feminism seeks to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist is “an advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women”.[3]

My understanding of Feminism till now, I saw rage, I saw frustration, I saw the many dissatisfied emotions, I saw fat aunties with big bindies and bright maroon lipsticks shouting the naari morcha. I assumed this was Feminism.

I was ignorant, I never realized importance of the term or the struggles behind it. Gosh!!! I feel like the woman Jamila is talking about here.

If you are surprised why I am talking about feminism out of the blue, while I was happily discussing love stories, trips to super markets, and cooking achievements. It is because I read this by Ms. Rays, I commented some random stuff I felt at that time,
see the below conversation,

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(((((((((((((((( Ms. Lipstick said:

July 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

About feminism, I had read similar views written by well known social activist. I cannot recall her name now. But it made so much sense. If a male dominated society is wrong then our notions of female super power is equally wrong.

I do oppose the inequalities, but I feel the thought of equality is supreme than the thought of superiority.

I don’t know if I am making any sense. But I feel Marissa is right about equality. We need to educate equality.

Reply

celestialrays said:

July 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Honey, feminism believes that everybody is equal and nobody is superior over others. We all should live the way we deem correct and not mould ourselves to fit stereotypes.

I would really like you to read these links who explain the concept of feminism much better. These are some of my favourite blogs too in case you wanted to dig their archives.

http://chandni.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/the-thing-women-have-yet-to-learn-is-nobody-gives-you-power-you-just-take-it-%E2%80%95-roseanne-barr/

http://thebluebride.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/i-am-not-a-feminist/

http://indianhomemaker.wordpress.com/the-blogscars/nominations-feminism-is-good-for-the-society/

This link throws light on what Mayer said and why it cannot be right (I learnt a thing or two from it)- http://www.mamamia.com.au/social/feminism-and-marissa-mayer/))))))))

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Being brought up in a liberal family, I was given the same chances,  opportunities that any boy of my age would get. My parents never questioned my choice of career or life partner, MR never questions about what I do with my income. So I took things for granted sub-consciously I assumed things are same every where.

But it is not, now I realize some one must have worked hard, opposed the society, took the blame, fought, struggled to instill these liberal thinking in the society, these very  thinking that has influenced my parents and many people like them. Because of them  I am considered an equal.

Now I have honest gratitude towards feminism, feminists. And yes!!! I AM A FEMINIST 🙂

Love,

Ms. Lipstick

PS. Thank you Ms. Rays.

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7 Responses to Feminism, Marrissa and Celestial rays – I stand Corrected

  1. The Bride says:

    Hey, CR linked me to your blog because she linked you to mine 🙂 Just wanted to say, you give me hope. I had kind of given up on convincing anyone with what I had to say.

    Also, thanks for bringing Marissa Mayer and her frankly shocking comments on feminism to my attention. My sis, being a techie, has been so pumped up on Mayer these days and this is so disappointing. I loved Jamila’s post by the way, she said all I wanted to say in my post but better.

    • Thanks to CR for that 🙂

      But as I said Ready-made opinions are so convenient to accept. Just because some one has achieved so much, is a well known figure so what ever they are saying must definitely be the correct judgement, We just accept them because some famous person thinks so.

      Loved your words on feminism.

    • Thanks 🙂 You are awesome too. Thanks to CR for linking me to your blog. It was past midnight when i was browsing through my mails and read CR’s comment on my comment on her post. I opened the first link and I was bowled over, I felt so little for what I had written about feminism, my lack of knowledge on it. So I went on reading all the links and googled a lot more on the movement. After an hour or so I had realized I am a feminist. I went to sleep with your words on my mind. “Taking responsibility for yourself means refusing to let others do the thinking and talking for you. It means that you oppose commodification of womens’ bodies and firstly, do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind because you are more than the sum of your breasts and vagina.

  2. You my dear are awesome. 😀
    There are a very few women I have come across who’d say that they stand corrected. I am so glad I could be a small reason for you to look at things from a different perspective.

    Now that you have declared that you are a feminist, I would love to recommend you a book. ‘How to be a woman’ by Caitlin Moran. It is hilarious and made me fear that a tooth would fall from laughing. But it also hits the nail on the head. I don’t know if you are into books, but if you are, do give it try 🙂

    Thanks for making my day 🙂

    • I will definitely definitely read it. No, thanks to you for introducing me to the concept.

      We get so carried away with what we hear, with glossy words that famous people speak some where we loose the perspective. I have realized Ready-made opinions are so convenient to accept. May be deep within we oppose it, or never given it any thought. Only if I had put a little thought to what I said, what I feel truly about the issue I would have realized I was wrong. Never mind!!! It is better to stand corrected rather be an ignorant fool all my life.

      I am not only a feminist, I will happily go on advocating feminism 🙂

  3. You could certainly see your expertise in the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

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