I love Doczone on CBC, but it has been ages since I have stumbled across it. Until last night. When I saw the title of the documentary, I knew I had to watch it and I knew amm would have been sitting right along with me. “The F Word: Who Wants to be a Feminist?”
Oh my goodness. I don’t even know where to begin writing this post! There are so many things I want to talk about and debate and agree with and disagree with. But one of the lingering thoughts that I have regarding this documentary is the definition of feminism. Feminism. The F word. It can have such a negative association with it – man-haters, Birkenstocks, only ugly women are feminists, all they do is complain – and many women choose to NOT call themselves feminists because of this. Or because they have a skewed idea of what feminism really is.
I am a feminist.
: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
Well, that doesn’t sound that bad, does it? I strongly believe in the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. And I am up against it each day.
And amm was a feminist too. Her Master’s thesis was Women’s Journeys to Educational Administrative Positions. And I LOVE that in writing this post, I found this website – it’s the Saskatchewan School Boards Association website and outlines amm’s thesis…and you can buy it for $11!!! And as I read this website, her words in print, I cried. She was brilliant. Brilliant. And I am so proud of her. And wish and cross my fingers that you will read her thesis. It’s truly amazing.
So here’s what I ask of you. 1. Read amm’s thesis. Or at least skim it. 2. Watch the documentary. Hopefully CBC will be posting it HERE soon.
And then we can chat. There are so many tangents I could explore with this documentary and thesis, but you do your research first, and then we can reconvene.
And I think that’s where I might end this post.