My bad feminist moment

I’m having a bad feminist moment.

You know the kind. Where everyone is telling you how you’re supposed to be feeling about a particular issue but you’re just not seeing it.

It happened last week, while it was still Women’s Month, nogal. A male colleague who has plenty feminist credentials used the phrase “fairer sex” to refer to women. He was promptly set right by his other male colleagues.

I nodded knowingly for a while with the others but after a while my ignorance won out, despite the shame attached to it. I resorted to asking what the problem was. After the dismay that I could even ask subsided, I was told it was a derogatory term that forced women to aspire to being nice and pretty and thus, essentially powerless.

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Image – Gallo