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Please read this article! It is absolutely fascinating!
As a self-proclaimed first-wave feminist, I found this article to be very intriguing. As much as I am against abortion, I am even more opposed to gender selection and female infanticide. Although Ms. Apple's bill is not trying to stop abortion, it is a step in the right direction to bring awareness to the lies that pro-choicers have been feeding to society for years. I'm very happy that the Ms. Apple's campaign against gendercide is being read and approved and that is the mark of a true feminist.
Feminism in it's concrete form is not the man-hating, women rule the world, alpha-bitch mentality that society and most especially, the Fundamentalist Christian Church, has force fed to people. Feminism is a belief that women were created to be women and have accepted their roles as women, but were also created to walk alongside men (as a help-meet) and not underneath them or above them. A feminist is a women who believes that her purpose in the world is better than what society has told her.
Before the Suffragette movement in the Mid-Victoria era, women had two roles, wife and mother. If they didn't marry, they were expected to stay home and care for their aging parents. She could not attend college, had no voting rights, could not file for divorce, even if her husband was abusive or an adulterer nor could she have custody of her children. If a wife left her husband, then it was her fault, she was not a good wife and she lost everything. The first wave feminists saw that women were simply second class citizens in the eyes of the law and felt that God created them for more than agreeing placidly to government and law.
In 1920, women over 30 were allowed to vote, girls and women could attend certain universities and colleges, and work conditions did improve. In the 1960s though, that is when the over radical worldview on women's rights began to take hold and haven't ended. Now feminism is associated with an overtly antagonistic, negative view of women who supposedly think the world better without men and have rights over her own body. No. That is not feminism. That is female-empowerment; the belief that women are all powerful and infallible. A woman can marry and have a family and still believe in the true belief of feminism.
In September (supposedly), Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter, Carrey Mulligan, and Romola Garai are all going to be starring in the film Suffragette and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am! The film is based on the historic true events of the first-wave feminists movement in England. Meryl Streep will be playing Emmeline Pankhurst (a contempary of Susan B. Anthony and Carry Chapman Catt) and Helena Bonham-Carter will be playing Edith New. I'll try to keep updating with as much news and information as I can get.
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