Feminism, for me.
I’m not sure when or why I first consciously defined myself as a feminist. I don’t think there was ever a time when I wasn’t or wouldn’t have identified with the aims of feminism, or a more generally the need for equality between the sexes. I think it became more apparent as I got older and realised the disparity between societal expectations between the sexes and gender roles. Realising girls were being called ‘bitches’ for speaking their mind when boys were considered funny for the same thing, or realising the amount (or lack thereof) of women in leadership positions.
Obviously Australia has come along was since the 1950s ideals around housewives but I believe sexism, especially in the media, is still incredibly degrading and prevalent as ever…
The dominating AFL on our television screens during winter would be a lot more bearable if there was a female equivalent, or mixed teams. The amount of catwalk shows, lack of women presenting anything but the news, to Deal or No Deal, complete with non-descript women in wigs and short dresses to prettify and adorn the set for example.
As a feminist, I believe in equality in terms of representation of women in all aspects of life. But I also believe feminism stands for pro-love, pro-sex, pro-self-expresion. Pro-kindness, too.
(WOMAN)ifesto coming soon. xo L