Tory feminism

Feminism is a difficult word.  It carries a lot of baggage, both good and bad.  I like the word feminist because it invokes the struggle for a women to be recognised as a sentient human being, separate from her family and valued as an individual.  But it also carries a sense of a narrow, collective women-against-men view.  It’s a powerful word with a heavy weight of history behind it.  There are many different types of feminism, and I don’t agree with all of them.

I call myself a liberal feminist and a tory feminist.  I choose not to use the term conservative feminist (with or without a capital C) because I’m economically rather than socially conservative.

By tory feminist I mean a few things. I think that all individuals are fundalmentally equal. I think the differences between two individuals are far greater than the differences between the two halves of the world’s population. I think that while we’ve come a long way, there are still social assumptions made, and the media plays a large and negative role.  I think that the majority of laws should be completely gender-blind.  And I think that change should come primarily from society, not from the state.

I’ve written a few posts which explain my thinking further, in particular on my type of feminism, equality and collectivism.

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