A Pox on the Patriarchy
- Caroline Criado-Perez
2. Do you believe women have the right to self-determination?
3. Do you believe women have the right to the same access to education as men?
4. Do you believe women should not be barred from professions just because they are women?
5. Do you believe in equal compensation for equal work?
6. Do you believe a woman should not be discriminated against because she might in the distant future want to get married and have children, particularly when a man is just as likely to want to do the same?
7. Do you believe women should be judged on their abilities rather than their looks?
8. Do you believe that women should not be held in contempt for expressing the same emotions and/or behaviours as men?
9. Do you believe that women should not have to suffer from a sexual double-standard?
10. Do you believe that women should not be chronically under-diagnosed because medicine still uses men as the default universal?
11. Do you believe that a woman should be able to wear whatever she wants and not expect to get judged for it?
12. Do you believe a woman should be able to walk down a street without being expected, at the threat of verbal or physical abuse, to smile and/or flirt with any man who happens to be passing?
13. Do you believe women should not be raped?
14. Do you believe that if a women is raped, her rapist(s) should be brought to justice, without any reference to her clothes or demeanour?
15. Do you believe that caring about all these things does not mean that you hate men and/or think that they have no problems?
If you answered no to these questions, congratulations: in all likelihood you are not a feminist.
If you answered yes to them though and are still reluctant to call yourself a feminist because you think we’re too loud, too angry, too ranty, too judgey, just too bloody feminist.
It’s time you joined us anyway.
Being a feminist doesn’t mean you have to agree with all methods employed by all feminists all of the time. It doesn’t even mean you have to agree with all feminists all of the time. You be who you want to be, act how you want to act, do what you want to do to achieve the equality we’re still lacking. But call yourself a feminist, because you are one anyway. And, united, we really are stronger.