Two veryÂ sad but interesting perspectives on society’s treatment of women. I’m all in favour of reclaiming words* that have some negative connotations . Can we do it with feminism?
(*Aside: my take on “bossy” is that we should call boys it if they are being it. Much easier than deleting a potentially useful word – if we think it is useful).
It is not just the perpetrators of abuse who are clueless. Many of the amazing men â€“ some who have invested in our company, others who call me boss â€“ are oblivious to the additional hurdles and harassment I face on a daily basis. These men can be allies, but not if they are left out of the conversation.
Feminism isnâ€™t about hating men. Itâ€™s about challenging the absurd gender distinctions that boys and girls learn from childhood and carry into their adult lives. Itâ€™s an unloved word â€“ we should give it another chance.