Recently I’ve become quite close to someone who I’ve started calling a closet feminist. He’s like a young pop star in that he spouts feminist ideals and then in the next breath shuns the F-word. He prefers the dinky ‘humanist’ and says that he doesn’t like the stereotype the label would reflect on him. Apparently he’s afraid that if he uses the word then people will think he’s a dumpy female elementary school teacher. Clearly I disagree. I think he could own the title and be an example of how the word doesn’t imply that stereotype. But I digress.
He doesn’t like the word feminist because apparently it isn’t inclusive enough. Or he doesn’t feel like he owes anyone anything because he doesn’t think being male has been an advantage in his life. Something like that. Digressing. Digressing.
…But what the word “feminist” does do is acknowledge the very long history of the women’s rights movement. I agree with what [Joss Whedon is] saying: It should just be assumed men and women are equally important and equally capable—but it’s not, and it hasn’t been for thousands of years. So, “feminism” and being a “feminist” is an acknowledgement of that history and the culture we’ve lived in for a long time. It’s a reaction to that, but for me, that’s an important acknowledgement to make.
– JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT (via carolineeand)
Something I love about the word feminism is that it can encompass so much kyriarchy. It can be a catch all in acknowledging so much privilege.
No, let me amend that, it means you owe the world a little bit of attention. Being a citizen of the world means you owe it consideration. You owe it to yourself and the people around you to be aware and sometimes grateful to those who have set you on your journey. It’s not a big debt, it doesn’t reflect poorly, I just think it’s a small thing we can all do.