How do I explain feminism to my sister?
July 13, 2006 12:39 PM Subscribe
Feminism Filter: How do I explain feminism to my sister?
posted by 1024x768 to society & culture (47 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am a feminist and so is my mother. My sister thinks that because I talk about feminism and feminist theories (I just finished a lib arts degree with a focus in woman's studies) this is indicitive of my hating men. Furthermore, whenever she hears about me doing anything traditionally feminine, such as washing the dishes or doing the laundry she mockingly accuses me of being a slave to the patriarchy (to echo a phrase I've used in describing some much more serious and egregrious historical situations), despite the fact that me and my (male) SO share the domestic resposibilties equally. How can I teach her about the validity of feminist arguments and feminist theor(ies) without her interpreting everything I say as evidence that I hate men?
(Note: This question is posted for the Significant Other of 1024x768 and any responses will be hers.)