Are we there yet? Has feminism done a major part of what it intended to do – ensure women can have access to once male dominated areas? Or has the agenda of feminism (good and bad) evolved into something else?Jadis illustrates her point, that we might be there, by reference to watching a group of women in traditional male roles; driving a fire engine, driving a digger, abseiling down a tree; and with further discussion of the equality of opportunity I think she believes women would now have if we didn't hold ourselves back. (I'm paraphrasing there, Jadis would be most welcome to clarify her thoughts in comments).
I seem to have been spending quite a bit of time in the last week or so having real life conversations with women in their 40s, 50s and 60s about The Death of Feminism. Somehow or other I've ended up talking about the fact we're not living in a post-feminist world, and they've expressed relief that there are still younger* women who realise this, because they still feel very strongly that we're not there yet. They gave some terrible (to me) examples of women taking for granted the gains hard-won by their fore-mothers, some of them not even that long ago. And the inevitable bagging of feminists that seems to be de rigeur in some circles these days. Sounds to me a lot like the "I'm not a feminist but..." sentiments I expressed myself in my late teens.
So here's my list of a few bits and pieces I reckon will signal the beginning of the end of our journey - the Not Far Now of Feminism, if you will:
- Every parent will know how to change a nappy
- Images of people in the media aren't altered to conform to some weird idea of perfection
- Every woman will get a vote, just as every man does
- Rape will be considered so rare and so shocking that there will be no question of blaming the victim
- Advertisements would eschew stupid stereotypes and dubious claims to instead focus on honest selling of their products
- Women are as likely as men to be mayors, nurses, teachers, counsellors, cleaners, aircraft engineers, political bloggers, or even arborists
* I'm not really all that young now, so would be particularly interested in comments from those who are!