Previously published in Examiner
Part 3 of the sappho series
The Women’s Movement is not a So What kind of Deal
Now that we see how important the women’s movement is. Let’s take a look at the public opposition at the time. Because women were challenging the most fundamental roles of women of their day they were largely misunderstood.
Other women thought they were putting them down if they choose to remain a wife and mother within the confines of their home. They felt that feminists were saying they were nobody if they were “just a housewife” and that the feminists only felt that workingwomen were worth anything. How could that be logical? If feminists are saying all women are important why would they go back and say all women except housewives?
The trouble is all the public really saw were radical feminists; there were also academic feminists, and moderate feminists of all kind. There was not one thought in feminism. To make an analogy let ‘s compare it to Christianity which has one common denominator which is Christ. After that there are orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics and Protestants. Protestants are also divided into a a myriad of denominations such as: Baptists, Southern Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Lutheran, Quakers, Jehova Witness, Seven Day Adventists, Evangelical, United and so on.
If anything is to be learned about feminism it is that feminism is about choices, every women should have the choice to make the decision for her life and not have a man decide for her and it also means that other women can not make that choice for her either.
Why then did this misconception about feminism occur?
Reason number one – the average women did not take the time to sit down and listen to what the feminists were saying. They chose to listen to the negative hype from the media and their husbands who were already threatened by the woman’s movement. They formed their opinions based upon what other people thought without looking into the issue and forming their own opinions.
To be continued
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