birthing feminist

Posted: June 15, 2007 in All and Sundry, Musings

someone told me that i should at least bear one child if i really want to be a feminist for the rest of my life. she said never mind getting married because she’s against marriage as an institution. “just give birth at least once,” she said.

of course i asked “why?” and she replied: “so that you will understand how hard it is.”

this is something interesting to ponder on as it is the first time someone, a woman and feminist at that, has said these things to my face. initially, i found it unnerving and my immediate reaction was to create an argument. but then i realized that “to each her own.” i somehow tried to understand where she is coming from.

besides, there are so many femin”isms” out there anyway. particularly,  i’m curious as to why most of the time, femin”isms” are  woven into this central metaphor of birth, the womb, as the common denominator for existence.

  1. bk2nocal says:

    The story goes, if men had to give birth humans would have ceased to exist a long time ago. Strength and courage are core characteristics of mothers-to-be, mothers in birth and mothers in general. I’m not sure if you have to go through it in order to respect it, but I suppose to fully understand it you must go through it. I have not…yet…we shall see.

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