A women’s movements activist recently proclaimed that instead of using the term feminist she will continuously be calling herself a humanist.
Most people today would agree with that men and women deserve equal rights and presumptions. To be of the opinion that women should focus on domesticity instead of having jobs has been passé for decades. Despite this many people wouldn’t call themselves feminists.
A feminist is someone who supports equal rights for women and men – from a woman’s point of view. A feminist is with very few exceptions, as Sushi Das writes in The Age – a woman.
The women’s movement is in need of a change and I believe introducing the term humanist as an alternative to feminist is a change that actually could matter. It is a way to attract people that are sceptical about the word feminist. The concept of humanism is including rather than excluding.
If more men would engage in feministic issues, there would probably also be more issues on this subject on the agenda. Feministic topics would become less only women’s concern and more a concern to everyone.
The world has faced many humane movements over the years. People have always been and will also in the future be fighting to beat injustice. This is a long-term and serious approach to feminism and views on gender equality.
There is still a long way to go and more people need to devote themselves to make a change. If more humanists would come along maybe potential feminists wouldn’t get scared off.
Although I can’t help feeling slightly bitter. Isn’t it just what you could expect – to persuade men to work for gender equality the actual feminist movement needs to transform and adjust to what could possibly, to some extent, attract a few men.