Friday, March 8

International Women's Day 2013

(video contains nsfw language)
International Women's Day offers an opportunity for people around the world to celebrate the achievements of women, and raise awareness of the continued fight for  gender equality.

I had thought about writing about the whole Taylor Swift/Tina Fey/Amy Poehler furore, but I really didn't want to put too much focus on it, as I'm kind of sick of reading about it. One thing that I will say is that my, already large, adoration for Amy Poehler grew ten sizes when she so nonchalantly stated, 'I am a feminist...',  in response to Taylor's comments (about women hating women, etc). I just thought that was a perfect response to someone like Swift, who was incredibly reluctant to describe herself as a feminist, but has no issue in calling out Fey and Poehler on being hateful to other women (not to suggest that not describing yourself as a feminist is hateful). To suggest that women like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who have regularly talked about battling sexism throughout their careers (both on the comedy circuit and now, in Hollywood), have written reflected upon gender inequality in all their work and who describe themselves as feminists with such ease (without worrying whether it's the sort of thing boys like or not), Taylor merely comes across as a child crying wolf, because things didn't go the way she wanted them to go. I think the biggest thing to take from this story is the importance of support; both women supporting each other and people in general supporting each other, regardless of gender. The fight for equality isn't about women trying to be 'better' than men or judging other people's choices based on your standards, it's about recognising the achievements of the entire population as one big, equally awesome, unit.

You can find out about your local women's day events here.

For the UK, you can view of map of the governments efforts to empower women across the world here

You can follow International Women's Day 2013 on Twitter - @womensday (or simply search #womensday and #IWD) 

1 comment:

  1. Well said, I think it's forgotten that feminism is about being equal not better or hating.



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