Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. (Wikipedia)
The other day we were having electrical issues in the middle of the night. The electrician was trying to talk us through what to do on the phone, and at some point he asked me:
“Can you give the phone to a man in the house?”
In that brief moment I thought about how I would have been so offended a few years ago. I would think: What was he trying to say? How dare he suggest that a woman can’t do what a man can do? How dare he insult me to my face?
But it’s been years now since I retired my feminist badge
, and decided that equality did not mean sameness. I can carry babies in my womb, a man can’t, and you don’t see men trying to fight for the right to carry babies in their womb. I am a woman, soft, curvy, sensual, and all other beautiful feminine qualities that make women so amazing… so why would I want to be like a man? Why would I be insulted if they want to give a man the more dangerous job or activity…
Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for the opportunity to choose to work where I want, and to live the life I want, but I’m choosing to let my man open the door for me, walk on the side closest to traffic when we take a walk…and of course handle any dangerous electrical things that needed to be done…
“So is there a man there?” The electrician asked again.
“Yes hold on” I said smiling, as I handed the phone to the man in the house.