I know this post is a little overdue but I have had 0 motivation this week since I am revamping my room! I thought it would be cool to do a blog post on decorating bedrooms in the weeks to come when my darn thing is cleared out (it’s taking me forever!)
I wanted to write a post on here as a woman who seriously admires the ‘work’ of The Suffragettes and all feminist movements that have come over the years. I cannot believe that it has been 100 years since women got the vote! And I don’t mean because I think it was a long time, I think that’s so recent!
I recently watched a documentary on BBC iPlayer which was called Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley and it was such an eye opener into how amazing and painful the situations that the Suffragette women put themselves into for not just the vote, but so many other things too, were.
They underwent awful starving where they were eventually put into a room, had a 20 inch nossel pushed up their noses and force fed. Some of the women in the documentary said this felt like they were dying. Can you begin to imagine how this felt? Other accounts of what happened included listening to the Suffragettes say that they were sexually assaulted by the police when they were protesting, having their breasts groped so hard it hurt and their dresses pulled up above their heads, then to finish being verbally manipulated and abused. And the government had the nerve to cover it up, until this image was shot:
It is awful when I imagine the women of the world having to go through this to get something as small as a vote. Some of the stuff that the documentary displays such as the Suffragettes learning to build bombs and using them on homes I am unimpressed by, but it does go to show what the anger was of these women and how far they were willing to go to support their cause, as if risking death wasn’t enough. And we all know the story of the Suffragette being run over by a horse.
Beyond this feminism has come leaps and bounds in the years up until now with amazing influencers of both intellectual and sexual freedom in all industries. Beyonce sings about it and she even featured the wonderful feminist speaker Chimamanda Ngozi A. who said in an amazing speech:
“We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes”
It really angers me when people do not know what the definition of Feminism actually is in this day and age “the social, political and economic EQUALITY of the sexes”. People can say “why does it say FEMinism then” and that’s because maybe it was women who stood up first and took the steps to making things equal!
Being a Feminist for me is about more than just celebrating women and actually I want to celebrate all the men who made steps for feminism too, without moaning about the name of it and getting the definitions wrong. A true feminist will support men too, expecting EQUAL punishment for male domestic abuse, expecting EQUAL insurance prices for men and boys who drive as well as women, expecting EQUAL punishment for women who abuse men in nightclubs as well as men. It’s not right we let it slide because it’s more common.
Mark Ruffalo said:
“There’s common sense and a wisdom and a decency in women that needs to be upheld. That doesn’t warrant being pushed back 30 years into the whole nightmare that brought about the abortion rights movement. As a man, I see no wisdom in going backwards.”
Speaking of which, I am so happy to see Ireland taking the steps forward to let women do what they want with their bodies and to not feel pressured into keeping a child which may have a poor quality of life or would be born out of a criminal act. This is magical.
Here’s to all of you strong, powerful and amazing individuals who deserve the best in this world and are perfect in very single way, just like Mary Poppins! Keep fighting for what you believe in, no matter what your sex.