I read Caitlin Moran's How To Be a Woman and that wonderfully honest and hilarious book, as well as the fact that it is International Women's Day has inspired me to post on a Saturday - OH, HEY THERE: THIS IS SERIOUS.
The word "feminism" has become attached to something sticky and unpleasant that few people want to touch; this is proven right now, because writing this post is making me a bit nervous as I'm scared people will turn their noses up at the sight of "feminist". But, ladies and gentleman, as Caitlin Moran has encouraged me to shout, I will shout to you this:
I AM A FEMINIST!
If you are a woman, it has been made clear to me, that you simply are too. And it's true. Do you wish to be in control of yourself and for the crushing society that oppressed women for so long to be completely banished? Do you wish to be equal? Do you want to have the same opportunities as men? YOU ARE A FEMINIST TOO! (Side note: big cheers and cake to the boys and men of this world who would say yes to these. *Whispers*: You're a feminist too!)
Feminism is about things that you may not have thought straight away as synonymous with it, Caitlin Moran has taught me: I suggest you read the book.
It's International Women's Day and, right now, for me, being of the womanly species is all right. I don't feel inferior to the manly species or oppressed or anything negative like that, but I may do in the future and you may do right now. This wonderful day celebrates gains in the womanly society and challenges a lot that I know for sure still needs to be changed.
Some of you may be like me: You wake up, eat a bunch of Jaffa Cakes and wear what you want. Life doesn't seem unfair... I'll give you a few facts:
♡ According to THIS article, in America, women make up less than 25% of science, technology, engineering and maths positions
♡ THIS article illustrates that, in Britain, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime
♡ After the 2010 general election women made up only 22% of the House in the UK
Do you believe this is right? Join the bright side: You're ready now.
You can find out more about International Women's Day HERE.
So... Are you a feminist?
Have a fabulous day ladies (and of course, men - I wouldn't like to segregate you from our celebrations!)!
Chairs & Statements,
The Girl in the Moonlight.
P.S. This last week I took part in a challenge I set myself (feel free to read about that HERE) and the exciting thing about that was that I blogged for seven days, when, in reality I've blogged for nine - I AM A STRONG, CAPABLE WOMAN! All of this chatter has made me light-headed (oh yes, what a stereotypical woman). Happy International Women's Day!