JPOV: Feminism Yesterday and Tomorrow
By REBECCA SIMON
What does it mean to be a feminist? Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines a feminist as an individual who advocates or supports the rights and equality of women. Rush Limbaugh would probably try to tell you that a self-proclaimed feminist is a crazy-eyed anarchist with hairy underarms and legs. The GOP would most likely say that such a person is a threat to the state or an unstable time bomb waiting to abort the freshest fetus. Men beware! The FemiNazi is coming! I can just imagine Alice Paul rolling in her grave, digging her way out from amongst the dead. Today we live in a world that has manifested itself into a bubble, and it’s shrinking by the minute. Suburbia traps us all–it shields us from seeing both the past and the present. Our shiny cars and white picket fences blind us from the income disparity between men and women in the workforce. Ivy League prospects and five star hotels render us oblivious to the abduction of little girls in West Africa. It is because we seem to have it all that we have neglected to appreciate how far we have come and how far we still are from attaining gender equality. We are running an interminable marathon to the top and we have forgotten all those who have given us our strength to begin.