‘For most of History, Anonymous was a woman.’ – Virginia Woolf
You have probably heard about ‘Blurred Lines’? The song that has been accused of blurring the lines between consensual sex and rape has caused a collective indignation and triggered another debate on the issues of feminism and sexism.
Nowadays, there are some who dismiss the spirit of feminism as a thing of the past, a social crutch we have outgrown and left behind – after all, in the Western societies many shifts favoring women’s status such as the right of vote, abortion and divorce have occurred. And yet, half a century later, gender discriminations through the representation of sexist stereotypes still exists in the medias, and gender gaps in wages are routine for many women.
Many people misunderstand what feminism is about. Some might associate it with ‘masculine’ aggressive women who profoundly despise the manhood and always need to protest like harpies. However, it is not what this movement advocates, indeed feminism primarily aspires to gender equality.
To be better understood and more broadly supported by the society, feminism in Western societies would benefit being from a ‘rebranding’ – promoting a moderate tone to counter balance the radical feminist movements, and explaining that it is not by rejecting femininity that gender equality can be set.
It is always disorientating to consider the history of the things we have come to take for granted. Debates surrounding gender discrimination and feminism will not stop any time soon since gender result from a social construction in which our society is currently rooted. This week, TEDxWarwick focuses on Women and goes beyond a feminist’s discussion. You’ll be given the chances to read inspiring articles online and to attend our Women Salon on Saturday, so watch out for more information.