On April 13, I gave the keynote address at the Power of Giving luncheon for the YWCA of Alaska. There were a few hundred people there. Mostly women, but a few men, too. Men can be feminists. And women can be anti-feminism.
Feminism means you believe in basic human rights for all, women and men, too; girls and boys, too. bell hooks defines feminism as a “movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression.” I think feminism eliminates the sexist treatment and oppression of men and boys, too.
How can you not be a feminist? Is it okay to pay women less for the same work as men? Is it okay to deny women proper healthcare – including an abortion? Is it okay for men to dominate and control the family? And how about Wal-Mart and the class-action suit of 1.6 million women? I wonder if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear that case…or throw it out.
I’m a feminist. So is my life partner, Tom. How about you?