i have been studying Henrik Ibsen's a Doll's House with my students and someone commented "oh no not another feminist text". seriously they hate it. i'm going to have to change the text next year (to shakespeare i think. i'm just really lazy, i spent ages doing the resources for this play!) because bringing the "f" word ie feminism into a discussion always meets with sceptism and groans from most classes, girls and boys alike.
i think the image they have is the streotypical image of raving men-haters wanting to disclaim their femininity.
but it's got me thinking about the whole issue of womens' rights and what it means.
i see a lot of women doing blaming their own emotions on the fact that they are women "i'm feeling emotional, its that time" and this is perfectly acceptable and normal,
but when men do it, it's seen as wrong.
iv not been following the latest craze that is The Apprentice, but someone was really laying into Tray? (what a name) accusing him of being a mysoginist. again i don't watch it and don't know the guy so can't comment, but all he seems to be saying is women are more emotional or "it must be that time of the month" right? so why is it different if a man says it?
i'm asking- i know it is different and i can feel the difference. i got annoyed when someone said to me recently " you're not one of those modern types who hates to live with inlaws are you" (erm ..it depends!)
i know and can accept women are more emotional then men (i mean most women. i'm not, in fact sometime i just pretend to be so i don't feel left out!)
that's one of the reasons why women aren't allowed to divorce men as easily, and one of the reasons why two women witnesses are needed for every male in certain imporant cirumstances.
so, for the people who think feminism is a dirty word and separate from Islam, i don't think it is. we are, after all, talking about a religion which gave women crucial rights at a time when women were seen as evil.
kher.. i guess it depends on your definition of feminism and what you deem to be womens' rights?