I find that I want to write about feminism, but can’t quite figure out where to start. The subject is so vast, and I’m not really an expert on it. Sure, I know about the four waves; the Suffragettes; the fight for sexual freedom, the pill and divorce; the importance of individualism, diversity, intersectionalism; the questions about gender issues. I know the basics, and I’ve read my fair share of books with a feminist agenda, but I don’t know as much about it all as I would like to.
However, I think you can talk a lot about feminism without having the academic background. I think the inherent experience of being a woman gives you the right to voice your opinion. To go out there and talk about it, discuss it, argue about it, learn about it.
Which is what I want to do with Zille. I want to take the aspects of feminism which I feel familiar and confident with, and I want to bring that out into the world. And then I want to bring back new knowledge. I want to learn so much, I’m so eager for it. I want to talk to all kinds of different people about it, and try to see things from their perspective. I want to read book after book after book, the classic feminist literature, and the brave, new voices. I want to immerse myself in the world of feminism, and to be honest, I’m not sure where to start. There is just so much that I want to know more about that it’s hard to choose which direction to go in. But I’ve marked out a few new routes I would like to take, and will just get started on those and see where they take me.
These days, I find that being a feminist feels pretty hopeful. With MeToo, Time’s Up, and the hundreds of other good things happening for feminism, there is a sense of finally getting somewhere. Of finally being heard and taken seriously in society at large. I feel like the world is becoming a safer place for women, and that all sorts of questions about gender are being raised.
One aspect of feminism which I think is really important is to include men in the conversation. They also have so much to gain from equality, and they have so many issues of their own which exist on the same spectrum as the female ones. If only we could meet in the middle. I desperately want a future for my two little nephews where they can have a good relationship to their own identity as men. HeforShe was a great movement.
Anyway, I wanted to write a little about this intention I have for learning and exploring the various issues and ideas within feminism, both to give you and understanding of where I am coming from with Zille, and also to hold myself accountable. If anyone has any good articles they think I should read, or know about any inspiring feminists (male or female) they think deserve some attention, let me know!