A must read for everyone I have to say. A very small booklet, basically a written and modified version of a speech. But every single line, every single word is so powerful! Sad but true how strongly I could relate to every single point. Being from a society that teaches women to aspire after marriage and approval of men, where being competent and smart is considered as being intimidating, not being married even at 27 diminishing all of my accomplishments in eyes of people, my parents who used to be proud of my achievements now sometimes worrying about where I am going with my life even though I think I am doing much better than even I expected of myself sometimes.
My request to anyone who is reading this would be to read this short book of ~15 pages, and think about it. Just because we do not acknowledge something does not mean that it does not exist. Let’s stop comparing ourselves to apes and male-dominating animal kingdom, and start a step towards being human beings that look for quality and competence for betterment, and not for difference of hormonal levels and reproducing organs as a measurement of quality. 🙂
“Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.”
“My own definition is, a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.”