Many people, when talking about feminism, talk about the need for equality. The quote below from Anatole France explains why this is a fallacy.“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”The point being that the rich have no need to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, or steal bread, unlike the poor.In the same way treating women and men equally would mean that women would be treated the same as men. But women have different needs to men. Countries that have no paid maternity leave treat women and men equally. But how is this fair to women? Pregnant women need time to rest. Women who have given birth need time to physically recover from the birth, establish breastfeeding, and spend time with their baby. Men may want to spend time with their baby, but all of the other needs do not apply to them. Women have different needs. And this does not mean being treated the same as men.Feminism is not about women and men being treated equally or women being treated the same as men.
Relevant as ever.
It’s high time that everyone chucks the word “equality” from feminist discourse and replaces it with “liberation.” Name the oppressor, name the oppressed, and specify the goal.
This is beautiful.