Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the Sappho series
The second analogy to explain the “so what” attitude when is comes to the work of feminists
The second analogy – is referenced to the World War II soldiers and how many young people say, “oh that war was so long ago, what does it mean to me now, in other words “so what.” The veteran’s response would be if it wasn’t for us you would be speaking German today, and that is the “so what.”
People that go before us pave the way to make a better future for all that come after. It was no different for the women’s libbers of the 1970’s; they did make things better for future generations of women.
No, they did not make everything perfect and yes they made some errors, as we will see when I cover the third wave of feminism later on.
However, the movement had to grow and change as the times changed. In the last series, you remember Germaine Greer was disappointed that the movement did not evolve and change as much as she would have liked and rightfully so,; the feminist movement should change and evolve and continue to promote all that is “woman.” As the song by Helen Reddy goes, ” I am woman hear me roar.”
“So what” you say again? “So what” the wheel was invented but, would you have that car sitting out in your driveway today if the wheel was never invented? The invention of the wheel was no small potatoes, and neither is the redefining of women either. The women’s cause is no small potatoes.
To be continued
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