Monday, 12 February 2018

2018: The year of the woman*

The year of the woman
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How many times have you heard someone proclaim that they believe in gender equality but they’re not a ‘feminist’? That they’re an ‘equalist’? Even if you’ve heard it once, I’d go as far to say as that’s too many times.

2018 marks 100 years since women in the UK gained the right to vote and with movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp gaining more momentum by the day, this year is being dubbed the ‘year of the woman’. Women are starting to speak up about their beliefs, to call out those who have subjected them to abuse and to reinforce that no really does mean no. Whilst it’s heartbreaking to see how many people have been affected, the number of people taking action and standing up against such behaviour is an incredible thing – and that’s from both women AND men.

If 2018 is the year of the woman, it’s the year where I want to see the term ‘feminism’ being absolutely owned and championed. I want to see it stripped back to it’s core definition, lose the association with extreme views (cheers to the huns at the Daily Mail for that one) and become something you expect as standard from someone who isn’t a dickhead.

(Know what I mean? It’s like that standard criteria which decent folk look for in friends, where you wouldn’t tolerate someone being racist or homophobic, so why would you tolerate someone who doesn’t believe in gender equality?)

Feminism by the Oxford Dictionary definition is: ‘The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes’.

What feminism isn’t, is a group of arsey women burning their bras and claiming they’re better than men at everything. (But y’know, if women were paid the same as men, maybe we’d be able to afford to burn our bras as do men even appreciate the cost of lingerie?).

Whilst we live in a world where there are some truly terrible people at the top, feminism needs to become a standard belief so that women and men can champion each other through mutual respect and equal rights. Equality works both ways. For every person fighting to abolish the gender pay gap there should be another fighting for shared parental leave. For every little girl being told she can be a firefighter, there should be a little boy being told he can be a ballet dancer.

Identifying as a feminist shouldn’t be something that’s extreme or out there. It shouldn’t come with any other associations than respecting gender equality and wanting men and women to be treated as equals. When you put it like that, it doesn’t seem too outlandish does it?

To celebrate gender equality and some seriously strong women (since it’s the year of the woman after all), I’m giving away the complete series one of Jessica Jones, the All Woman Platinum edition CD Compilation and a Girl Power notebook to one lucky person. The entry form is below, good luck!



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*This post was written in collaboration with Paddy Power Bingo, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Under every women’s appearance lies a superhero. We might look calm and collected on the surface but underneath we are a ball of energy balancing work, family and friends all while we play bingo online!

Paddy Power Bingo are offering a Superheroine Kit which contains the complete series one of Jessica Jones, the All Woman Platinum edition CD Compilation and a Girl Power notebook to write down your deepest, darkest secrets.


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  1. When people say they're not a feminist, they generally mean they're just ignorant and have never bothered to look up the definition, because when you say 'so you think a woman should be paid less because she's female' they're like 'oh, no way!' and you can go through lots of different questions, each time they're expressing a feminist view-then you point out that they are, in fact, a feminist.

    Well that got ranty! Enjoyed this post Lizi, it's great to see people talking unashamedly about feminism like this.

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