I have been contemplating over the feminist in me for some time now. I have had a minor discussion with a co-blogger. I talked to some of my friends who even put forth the idea that I am in denial of the issues women face today.
I am not in denial. I just have issues with using my feminity as a weapon to win a war. How ever inspite of several attempts at trying to explain my stand on the feminist movement I have been unsuccessful.
A girl student asked Sunita Williams whether she had faced discrimination while pursuing her career in becoming an astronaut. To this she replied, some thing to the effect of:
In my field women are outnumbered by men in the ratio of 3:1. Due to sheer numbers alone it is considered a man’s field. But the machines in which we go to space doesn’t know I am a woman, the suit I wear doesn’t know I am a woman, in space I am not treated differently because I am woman. Why then should I feel that being a woman I am bound to face discrimination. Truth be told I didn’t feel discriminated against either. Why have such prejudices in our minds and make ourselves weak.
Now that is the kind of feminist I identify with. I am secure, I am strong, I am determined. I believe in my self and I will because I can. I am not looking for an excuse for my failure. I am looking at what more I can achieve.
Well said Sunita Williams. You just earned yourself a fan.