Number Momina Amjad Written Task: Language and Mass Communication 3
and you’re in
. We are discussing feminism and its apparent lack of support
from today’s young generation.
Tweet us your thoughts with hash tag #AJStream or talk to us on Google+. Joining us in the studio is Andrea Johnson, current chairperson of
, a global organization fighting for women’s
rights since 1960. On Skype we are joined by Sarah Davis from Houston, author of the blog netmoms.com. I welcome you both to
Thanks for inviting us.
Let me start with a very basic question, why is feminism still important today?
Why would feminism NOT
be important today? Women’s suffrage,
reproductive and socioeconomic rights, laws against sexual discrimination and sexual abuse, all of that was possible because women stood up and demanded their rights and it is a
struggle… Just go to a right wing convention today and listen to the men speak about controlling women’s bodies; you will realize just how patriarchal
and misogynistic our society continues to be.
What about the global issues?
Yeah, that’s t
he other thing. W
e can’t limit ourselves
to western society. I share this struggle with my sisters in Saudi Arabia who cannot even drive, let alone have a job and vote. I also share it with the women in Africa that are continuing to suffer from the horrors of FGM or the thousands of brides that are murdered annually in India due to the concept of
We have some responses to that on Google+;
head over to Ashley, speaking from Chicago.
I just wanted to say that I believe in all those things, I, um, definitely believe that women should be able to earn as much as men
ut I don’t need a label to
describe what I do
. I don’t have to asso
ciate myself with a certain group.
Why wouldn’t you associate yourself with the movemen
t if you believe in all its objectives? Let me assure
you, feminism is NOT a “man
it does NOT comprise of women seeking world domination.
That’s media misrepresentation for you.
Feminism is quite simply about the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.