Culture Now: Laura Bates

Published on 5 Sep 2014

 

Writer and activist Laura Bates discusses her new book The Everyday Sexism Project (Simon & Schuster, 2014). 

 

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a web-based collection of over 60,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality. 

Feminism - According to the Oxford Dictionarys the definition of feminism in English: 
 
"The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes".

 

"Because women's work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we're the first to get fired and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it's our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we're nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we're nymphos and if we don't we're frigid and if we love women it's because we can't get a "real" man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we're neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we're selfish and if we stand up for our rights we're aggressive and "unfeminine" and if we don't we're typical weak females and if we want to get married we're out to trap a man and if we don't we're unnatural and because we still can't get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can't cope or don't want a pregnancy we're made to feel guilty about abortion and...for lots of other reasons we are part of the women's liberation movement."  ~Author unknown, quoted in The Torch, 14 September 1987>

 

Most women learn how to be a feminist.  

 

individual choices. socialogical lense economic framwork     intersecting social systems systemic institual framwork

 

systems are maintained by our participation in them, self perpetuating through paths of least resistance as such are larger then any one persons choices.  Some choices some women make can have an enormous negative impact on other womens lives.    To be personally empowered or personally successful within the patrical system is not enough for change.