This was originally published here on Jan 23 2013. I am republishing it here, along with the below you tube clip of Emma Watson’s speech to the UN.
Does anyone really understand feminism anymore?
Who are the feminists?
The ‘breastfeeding in public’ (mass)debate includes comments from women claiming to be feminists that insist that while they agree that mothers are able to feed anywhere, anytime, that they should be discreet/discrete about it.
This blog makes a great point about what underlies this thinking. Apparently the feminist movement took us away from the frying pan and straight into the fire.
Nothing stands in our way now – except for the glass ceiling.
As long as we women obey the unwritten rules of the patriarchy, and behave like men, we are welcome to be equal.
I have previously written about the devaluation of motherhood, but I feel that this issue is more about the feminine than just about mothers and not paying tax. It is just that mothering reminds society that men and women are biologically different. Our society has done more than just devalue the feminine, but it has so over-sexualised it, that the very basic and natural act of breastfeeding has become offensive.
It begins with the segregation of mothers, by making society unwelcoming and inappropriate for children. We need ‘breastfeeding welcome here’ and ‘child friendly’ venues not as a way of welcoming mothers, but of warning the potentially offended that certain unacceptable beings will be entering their carefully orchestrated lives. The unpredictable nature of babies and children will offend your ability to eat in peace, to sexualise the world and speak profanities.
All men are created equal – and women can be equal too: if they act like men.
When ‘effeminate’ is no longer derogatory, we will know that society has progressed. And, as long as breastfeeding is considered something that requires discreet behaviour, women will remain oppressed.