Sigh. I am really not happy right now. In an interview to TOI, Lisa Haydon was asked if she thought the concept of feminism was often misconstrued.
I don’t like the word feminist. I don’t think women trying to be men is feminism. I also don’t believe in being outspoken for the sake of it, or just to prove a point. Feminism is just an overused term and people make too much noise about it for no reason. Women have been given these bodies to produce children, and the spirit and tenderness to take care of people around us. It’s fine to be an outspoken and working woman. I don’t want to be a man. One day I look forward to making dinner for my husband and children. I don’t want to be a career feminist.
Feminism isn’t a term, it’s a movement. A fight to equality is not “too much noise”. Women have not been “given these bodies” for reproduction alone. Feminism doesn’t mean wanting “to be a man” and you can look forward to making dinner for your family and still be a feminist. Also, isn’t it because of feminism that you’re being able to make these comments? Sigh. I am really not happy right now.
Her statement has found as much support as it has found disagreement on social media. Meanwhile, Lisa hasn’t had a follow-up quote to this.
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