feminism is the radical notion that women are people
I was 18 years old the first time I heard someone utter the phrase,
"I'm not a feminist, but..." with a straight face. My jaw dropped.
A women's libber from early
childhood, I knew that line as a stereotype, a joke. Out in the big
world, though, I discovered that not only was this particular woman deeply
invested in distancing herself from the label, there were lots more
Which is a shame.
For me, feminist has never been a dirty word, and feminism is not
about labels. It is simply a basic awareness of the need for women
worldwide to stand on a level playing field with men, and a dedication to
bringing that about. It is the radical notion that women are people.
And it is so deeply a part of me that it naturally comes into play in
everything I do, particularly my parenting.
resources for feminist parents:
feminist mothers at home
feminist stay-at-home parents
Ask a Feminist Mom:
feminist parenting at Wears The Baby
Mothers & Feminism at Suite 101
Mothers Are Women
Feminist Mothers at Suite 101
my favorite feminist websites:
National Organization for Women
feminist majority foundation tons of
Girls can be Anything... Except Roosters! hasn't been updated since 98, but it's still cool
and the original RIOT GRRRL for old time's sake
zines with a feminist edge:
Bitch: feminist response to pop culture
and of course, the mother of them all