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Woot woot! Caitlin Moran where have you been all my life?
“[Feminism’s] a word that’s sadly been hijacked. People think it just means an angry lady who hates all men and dresses very badly and probably hasn’t had sex for awhile. Whereas of course feminism is a very simple and straightforward thing: it just simply means being equal to boys. That’s such a lovely and beautiful and revolutionary idea,” she told Terry O’Reilly, guest host of CBC’s cultural affairs show Q.
“As an old hag of 37, I became very sad when I met people from the younger generation — whose knees have not yet gone and who have beautiful, dewy skin — who say ‘I’m not a feminist.’ You just go ‘What do you mean? You don’t want to be equal to boys?’ And they go ‘Oh yeah, is that what it means?’”
I don’t wish now - as I often used to when I was 15 and particularly hysterical - that I could be involved in a serious car crash, in which my entire body would have to be rebuilt from scratch, but using around half of the amount of raw materials then in employ.
And when I look at myself in the mirrors of the changing rooms at Marks & Spencer now, my body looks, finally, awake.
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|—||Caitlin Moran in How To Be A Woman (via akmarik)|
“In 2010, Iceland- with a lesbian prime minister, and a parliment which is 50 per cent female- became the first country in the world to outlaw strip clubs for feminist, rather than religious, reasons.
‘I guess the men of Iceland will have to get used to the idea that women are not for sale’, Gundrun Jonsdottir campaigned for the law change, said.
I don’t think that’s an idea that will do men, their bank balances or the women they come across anything but good. Men don’t have to see tits and fannies. They won’t die if they don’t have access to a local strip joint. Tits aren’t, like, Vitamin D or something. “
How to be a woman, Caitlin Moran.
So, yes: let us be clear. There is a world of difference between “women doing something” and “it being a matter for feminism”. Lest we forget, feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of social, sexual and political equality to men”. It’s got nothing to do with a Daily Mail journalist on a deadline pointing to her arse and saying, “See this? It’s hawt.”
But if you had a Google alert for every time “feminism” is mentioned in an article (I do. I also have ones for “Ghostbusters”, “The Muppets” and “Serge Gainsbourg picture smoking”. Please do not judge me), you would not believe this to be the case. Man, you have to feel for feminism, being routinely dragged in to arbitrate on any argument that involves women, like a mum being involved in every argument between siblings (“MUUUUUM! She’s TOUCHING my BED!” “FEMINISM! A WOMAN did a THING!” etc).
- Caitlin Moran