One entry found.
Main Entry: fem·i·nism
1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
I’m having a tough time with this one, so help me figure it out. I don’t know what it means to be a feminist these days. Is my husband a feminist? He believes in equal rights for people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation (well, he has a bit of that straight male thing going on–a gay guy might WANT him–aargh), but still, he’s on board. Like a lot of guys, he doesn’t really “get” that the media and arts are rather biased–sticking to gender right now. You aren’t going to see many commercials featuring scantily clad men, etc. That crap aside, I’ve been thinking about books and Michelle Obama. She’s accomplished, but/and she’s said she puts her kids first. What do you want her to say? (I know, Karenknowsbest covered this). And then folks chime in and say they’re feminists. What does that mean now? What does it mean for writers? That you don’t have mindless airhead heroines, of course. Sure, I can see that. That your heroine has to be “kick-ass,” a term I really hate. What does that mean? It seems to be a pet peeve of Mrs. Giggles, for example. Women who are not self-actualized in some way. I’m not sure I’ve spent my life in the most kick-ass fashion. Sure, I’ve earned some male-like badges (karate, whatever…). Perhaps I banged my head on some glass ceilings and perhaps broke through a few. But I also married poorly the first time around, worked and supported a husband who was following his dream, etc. Am I not heroine-worthy material? I think sometimes romance writers, maybe reviewers, want to see women who ask no questions, take no prisoners. Sometimes I see that foul language and quick comebacks substitute for substance. Is that our ideal female? What about the weaker person, the person who hasn’t had a break, who had no role models, who does her best. What about most of our Moms? What about the Michelle Obamas? Would she be a good heroine? She just said she’ll put her kids first. What do you consider a good feminist romance, and why? Are you a feminist? Who isn’t?