... a city chick and country girl with one foot by the ocean and the other firmly placed on the ground (or deep in the soil to be precise!). I live in central Stockholm, work in an office all day and dream of more time to be creative and more time to spend in the open air. I like to sew. I also like to yoga, eat yummy food and spend time in nature. And about everything else, come to think of it!
I'm a convinced feminist, but the word feminism has been associated to too many values that are hard for me (and for loads of other people) to accept. Prejudices. Such as that feminists hate men and are ugly and unsexy, which may be true for some, but no more so than among any other group of women. Or men for that sake.
There is also a quite strong opinion among some feminists (such as the friends of a friend of mine, one of his girl-friends hated me from the moment she saw me, based on her own prejudices. We didn't even talk until she had judged me, unbelievable) that if you like to wear make-up, short skirts or high heels you're not a feminist.
To me it's the opposite; I refuse to be deemed as a less capable or less intelligent person because I'm a woman, I refuse to dress less feminine to prove myself and if people want to judge me by my choice of clothes and shoes then they are quite stupid and simply don't deserve my attention (but they do annoy me).
So, I'm a femininist. I love being a woman (except when I meet biggots), I love men (especially non-sexist men), and I am completely convinced that you should never judge someone primarily by their sex. Yes, there are differences between men and women, but there are even bigger differeces between different men and between different women. We are all unique and should be allowed to be. I will always fight for womens right to be taken seriously even though they are sexy and feminine women (and men's right to be taken seriously even if they are not macho enough to fit the norm).
“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.”
The "truth" here is referring to the fact that there are gender powered structures in society, that restrict both men and women. Most of all they restrict all the men and women who don't fit into the stereotype of what a man or a woman should be. And since the structures in society tend to favour men, and to make men the norm, they generally restrict women more than men.
If you understand Swedish there is a very interesting radio-program about the way fashion has shaped the general view on feminists here (mp3) or here (streaming). It's the program from December 11th, also about the story of the Vanderbilts.