I am a female. I like to dress like a female. I wish I could be a housewife when I grow up. I want to get married, have 2.5 kids, and be a stay-at-home mom. I love to “make sandwiches,” bake, clean, and make crafts. I like chivalry more than words can say. I believe there are still some military roles that women shouldn’t perform. Etc., etc., etc.
Sometimes, after I tell people these things, they’ll say things like,”wow, way to put yourself back into the 1950s.” Or, “feminists are really gonna get at you for that one.” Or my personal favorite, “you just set back the feminist movement by 50 years.”
But when people say this, my first thought is WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Uhm, wasn’t the idea of the feminist movement equality? Yes. Sure thing, sugar. But just because I want to do these things doesn’t mean that I think every woman wants the exact same thing. We are all different people. Just because I love these “anti-feminist” roles doesn’t mean I think we all need to have the same “anti-feminist” role. Notice that I said everything in accordance with ME, except for the one about the military.
And that, my dear friends, I can totes justify. See, what you might not know is that, even though I wish that I could do all of those things, I know realistically that most of those won’t happen. This is because I joined the Army to pay for my college. Would I take it back? Not in a million years! But in this process I have realized that I will not be able to do some of the jobs in the Army. And I asked myself, why? Well, the answer is simple. Women do not have to perform the same amount of physical fitness repetitions. Would I want them to change this so that I would have to do more? No, because then I most likely would not be in the Army today. But if a lady wants to do it, she should.
Now will I make a big deal of these issues? No. I’m not gonna jump on the street corner because its not something that I want to do. I completely support the women who want to fight for that right (and I am totally in support of the women in the Middle East), but I will not yell for them. If they want something bad enough, they can make it happen. I know I’ll get flack for that, but oh well.
What are your views on feminism?