October 27, 2010

Wednesday Wisdom

I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

Rebecca West


  1. Interesting about the sources of funding Justin, but I think we all worked out at a young age that "liberating" women into the workforce coincided a little too conveniently with the needs of capitalism and perpetual economic growth.

    A no brainer. Had the collective economic imperatives under capitalism not existed (at that point, or some future point), then Western middle class feminism would have still been banging up against a wall.

    His second point, about breaking up families, and starting kids in school early ... total shite: it was already mandatory for children to attend school from an early age; that's not something that transpired with the modern feminist movement.

    Hell - I went to school at age five Justin my dear, just as I'm sure you did - which was back when feminism had yet to win any battles, even if bras were burning and books were selling.

  2. That is a fucking brilliant quote!

  3. Oh yes, Ms West had a very sharp way with words.

    It's as good a definition of feminism (the real variety) as you're ever likely to come across.