This was an excellent thread written by a former hubber that gives an overview of Feminism.
This is a picture taken by the first woman to enter in a marathon in 1967. At the time women were barred from competing in marathons and she was able to enter because she used her initials on the application form.
It took 5 more years before Boston Athletic Association allowed women to participate (1972). By 2011, nearly 43 percent of Boston Marathon entrants were female. It took 12 more years before there was a women's marathon in the Olympic Games (1984).
I don't disagree with the concept of feminism, I disagree with the women who give it a bad name by men bashing and making it look like a bunch of hysterical woman burning bras and bad mouthing men, perhaps that's what op means? I know I definitely find that distasteful and shameful compared to how they could be going about it, whose going to take them seriously ?
That OP post from that other thread is very good. What stands out to me as being the most frustrating aspect of feminism (to me) is this:
I'm so tired of this concept of burning bras and bad mouthing men being thrown about. How often do we see that, really? Why is it still what people think of when the word 'feminist' is used? That bra-burning, hairy legged Germaine Greer femmo cliché is bad enough being perpetuated by men, but being perpetuated by women also leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. And isn't it interesting that our male-dominated media industry quotes women like Germaine Greer so gleefully?
And this concept of women's behaviour being 'distasteful' and 'shameful' is exactly the opposite of the progressive society some here are claiming that we live in. You know - if women would just be more polite and demure we'd all get along much better. Even the word 'hysteria' was used to label women who displayed certain symptoms (including sexual desire for one) that we generally now recognise as PMS, and 'hysterical' women were sometimes forced into hysterectomies against their will. I mean, it's so important to know this stuff and think of the language that we use so loosely. Hysterical/b*tchy/bossy/p*ssy/c-bomb/slutty/ball breaker/p*ssy whipped...it's everywhere.
Sometimes it takes extreme behaviour and people power to get the world to sit up and notice what you are trying to say, at the very least, and certainly to change society in any way. Look at the riots in Egypt, and Syria, and Ukraine? Governments overthrown because the people said 'enough'. Wouldn't it be awful for us to sit in our comfy homes in our first-world country and tut-tut at their lack of manners? What a way to ignore what these trailblazers have done for us. Isn't it sad that *women*, who make up over 50% of the population, had to resort to this type of 'unladylike' attention seeking behaviour? Should the young girl who was shot in the head by adults in Afghanistan for the crime of wanting to be educated and attend school (in the 21st century, by the way) have just accepted her lot and sat at home? What about the Saudi Princesses who are being kept in a virtual prison because they believe Saudi women should be allowed to drive? Shall we just let that go on on our global doorstep as well?
This screaming, irrational, 'bra burning' woman is a diversion from what's really going on in the world, and what needs to still happen.
I may be extra ranty due to lack of sleep...
Last edited by babyla; 22-04-2014 at 08:57.
Lol. After reading the umpteenth "these people don't exist, I've never met one" post in this thread, I can't actually be bothered with it anymore.
Be thankful you've never met one. Have a good day, ladies.
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