My Rise To Feminism

I am a 22-year-old woman. I am fairly young but very well educated and have grown up in a society that has a first class constitution. For 19 years I lived in a bubble where I was blind to the social constructs that dominate us and rule how we perceive others and certain situations. It was through a first-year economics course that I learnt racism is not about the colour of one’s skin but rather the systematic oppression of whole groups of people with regards to every element that dictates a one’s lifestyle. Even though on campus I heard the term feminism I thought that it was just another injustice that in this generation we wish to redress. However i never understood it, not really, and i never looked at it as my cause or a cause that i would like to take up and fight for.

Until one day while surfing the wondrous web that is YouTube I stumbled upon the most riveting debate titled “Do Arab Men Hate Women” and granted the headline can be misconstrued as being religious in nature but make no mistake that the situations mentioned and the injustices suffered are not solely exclusive to Arab women but women all over the world who do not have the education and liberty to speak out.

From here I found the voice of Mona Eltahawy who is a far right feminist and even though you may not agree with everything she has to say, you cannot deny the crucial points she raises. She is controversial but in that she sparks the debates we should be having and provokes thought on issues we seem to have glossed over and maybe never even imagined.

Author of Burqas and Hymens when asked why that title she simply replied "because men have reduced us to what is on our heads and between our legs"
Author of Burqas and Hymens when asked why that title she simply replied “because men have reduced us to what is on our heads and between our legs”

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