Friday, April 4, 2008

Proudly Proclaiming

This is what Korie asked us to do...

Yes, I said it and I’ll proudly say it again. My idea is all about feminism: embracing the word, living the dream, clearing the way for a new generation, proclaiming loudly and proudly to the world “I am a feminist!” without shame or jokes or derision. I am a feminist and I don’t want to duck and cover every time I make this claim.

So this is what I am asking of you, dear following, in hopes that you will help me to make this proclamation of pride in being women more successful than I could ever do by my lonesome: on April 3rd let’s take back the word feminism and all that it entails. I’m asking you to use that day to embrace your womanhood in whatever bloggable form you desire. Post a memory, a story, a list of things you can do to empower yourself, a poem, photos, art; anything that you feel represents what feminism means to you.

This is not an easy subject,
and I don't think I can thoroughly explain what feminism means to me.
Am I a real feminist?
I don't know, I never climbed the barricades,
and I don't think I ever will.
Like most of us, I never felt the need to burn my bra.

But I am proud to be a woman though,
and that's why I decided to contribute to Korie's quest ...

"Feminism is the radical notion that women are people!"

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute. --Rebecca West, 1913

Does feminist mean "large unpleasant person who'll shout at you" or "someone who believes women are human beings"? To me it's the latter, so I sign up. --Margaret Atwood

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist. --Sally Kempton, journalist

But this is my favourite, to me this one really says it all ...

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels. --Faith Whittlesey

Source: Wikkiquote
Picture: Google images

Visit more proclaimers at Lilacspecs, Korie's blog.