I agree with equality. However, the first book Emma recommends is by Gloria Steinem. Another feminist (Camile Paglia), called Ms. Steinem's brand of feminism a "Blame men first mentality." That's not the same thing as equality (although I don't like Ms. Paglia, either, so maybe that can be taken with a grain of salt).
But my problem is that I've seen Ms. Steinem interviewed live, she was asked what I feel was a fair question, that being, "Can you be a feminist and be pro-life?" She gave what I thought was a smart-aleck answer, basically saying, "You can be pro-life for your body, but not for anyone else." Well, a pro-life person could say the same thing, they could say, "Well, you can be pro-choice for your body, but not for a developing baby's body". But where does any of this playing with words get us?
Honestly, I think there are many areas where people that consider themselves pro-life and people that are pro-choice feminists could work together. Both would be against sex trafficking/date rape/population control, etc. But in Steinem's view, you can't be a feminist if you aren't pro-choice.
So I think it's disappointing that Emma posts a Gloria Steinem work as her first recommendation. You're not going to broaden the base of feminists by basically alienating half of the population.
I mean, I'm not one that's going to go around and protest a planned parenthood clinic with signs and such. But at the same time, I've seen people trying to deal with the guilt from making a decision to have an abortion. Of course it's forgivable But the guilt is real. Ms. Steinem may think that the guilt comes from society, but I don't think that's the case. I think it's internal and real. So, in my opinion, when you have someone that's promoting reproductive "rights" to the point of trivializing, what at the very least is a difficult situation, that's a terrible thing. And to not be willing to work with any people that disagree, that's just beyond the pale.
But that's just my opinion. And there's nothing wrong with reading books (or watching interviews) from people that don't agree with one's opinion!
Edited by jim, 28 January 2016 - 06:53 PM.