Tuesday 17 January 2017

Doctor's Orders: My name is Ciara Kelly and I am a feminist

I don't like when men or women attack feminism and confuse it with man-hating

Ciara Kelly

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Beyonce: 'I've always considered myself a feminist, but I was afraid of that word because people put so much on it'.
Beyonce: 'I've always considered myself a feminist, but I was afraid of that word because people put so much on it'.

I'm a feminist. To be clear about that: it doesn't mean I hate men, I happen to like them quite a lot. And it doesn't mean I want to oppress men and for women to take over the world. I don't. I'd see that as simply another form of wrong, much like men running the world is. All being a feminist means to me is that I'd like women to be treated as equal in terms of their rights, their pay, their status. Men and women will still be different. Different but equal. I could just as easily call myself an egalitarian as a feminist, as that's the way I see it.

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And I dislike when men or women attack feminism and confuse it with misandry. They're not the same thing. Or say that we don't need it anymore, as that battle has been won. It hasn't. Until we live in a fully equal society, feminism will continue to play an important role.

No, I don't believe I'm oppressed. But then again, I'm an educated, professional, who writes opinion pieces in the media - I'm pretty hard to oppress. But there are many women who don't have my advantages and I don't think I should pull that ladder up behind me, just because I'm doing all right. If any women need feminism, we all do.

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