Males Writing About Women’s Issues

Photo: Rosie Riveter, the symbol of feminism and the working class woman in the U.S. During World War II while men were making war, women had to roll up the sleeves and work in "non-traditional" roles, like factory workers. This fictional character was part of the propaganda machine, showing the ideal lady worker.

Photo: Rosie Riveter, the symbol of feminism and the working class woman in the U.S. During World War II while men were making war, women had to roll up the sleeves and work in “non-traditional” roles, like factory workers. This fictional character was part of the propaganda machine, showing the ideal lady worker.

Today is International Women’s Day. I don’t want to get all preachy, but I’d just like to say that I can’t wait for that time when there doesn’t have to be a separate day, month, or whatever to show that a segment of our population is valued just as much as everyone else. I’m an idealist and hope this will happen some day.

This day made me think of feminism and writing about women’s issues in 2013. I try to read a lot of blogs each week, commenting on as many as possible. I’ve read so many blogs, but I haven’t ran across many blogs where the primary write is male, writing about feminism. Side note: If you know of a few, please let me know some great men feminist bloggers in the interwebs. I mean, I haven’t actually gotten to the end of the internet yet. I think I should reach it next Sunday.

Feminism is one of those words that has been given a really negative connotation.  Definition: Craves superiority of women over men in all things. Ignores other issues and the fact that women in western society have it better than women in third world countries. And a feminist can only be a person who self-identifies as a  woman.  Synonyms: man-hater, ball-buster, and femi-nazi. Right?

Here’s some topics that being a feminist does cover: having equal pay for equal work, putting an end to girls kidnapped and forced into sex trade industry, sexual assault and just women’s rights in general are not a bad thing. I think most of my readers (who may already be of a more intellectual lean, you shiny bits of starshine you) would say these aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Why is it if the word feminism is introduced, the scene’s climate changes? I’ve heard women say, they aren’t a feminist. I’ve even said that in the past (I was young and in college. Everybody was doing it.)  Is it the stigma of the word that makes people in general, but males in particular shy away from the subject? Am I outdated and this stigma no longer exists? And again, have I just absolutely slept  What do you think? Do you write about feminist topics? Do you write about them and just not incorporate the term “feminism” in it?

OH, and just to keep this light, because I can’t be too serious, here is a video from Foamy the Squirrel that kind of discusses women being empowered…and then goes a bit awry in the end.

Aloha ya’ll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Strong women are not a bad thing, but feminism as a whole has been given a negative connotation! Think about some of the issues that came up in the past election, and continue to dominate the headlines… I don’t necessarily consider myself a feminist, but I have very strong opinions when it comes to women’s issues.
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    • T.A. Woods

      The women’s health issues that have been coming up has honestly been scaring the crap out of me. It’s a frightening to consider so many people trying to control what happens to my body…and they really won’t be effected by it. I just don’t get it, and I’m confused by women who aren’t concerned. It’s true feminism is seen as a four-letter word, which saddens me.

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