We’ve all been told that fat is a feminist issue, but how many of us consider ourselves feminists? What do we think of when we hear the word feminist?
I think a lot of us –particularly women under 40– struggle with feminism because in so many ways, we don’t have a lot of obvious battles left. My great grandmother fought for the vote, our grandmothers fought to get jobs, our mothers (well, not my mother, but some people’s mothers) fought for Title IX. We don’t really have anything big like that.
Of course I have to admit my bias. I’m a comparatively wealthy, straight white woman in a world that rewards the wealthy, straight and white and I am treated well nearly everywhere I go. Even in an Old Boys Club like the newspaper industry, I’ve always asked for more money when I’ve asked for it (and I truly believe the current pay discrepancy between the genders is mostly a result of women not asking for more money.)
What I’d really like is to hear from as many different aspects and experiences of life under the influence of feminism.