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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Monday, April 24, 2006

The confused feminist

I read a lot of blogs. It could almost be called an addiction. I read everything from stitching to feminist to liberal politics.

I was reading today that Women's Autonomy and Sexual Sovereignty Movements is hosting the Carnival of Feminists. I enjoy reading the carnival, and briefly considered submitting the sociology paper for it.

But that started me thinking. It is never good when I start thinking. Am I a feminist? What defines a feminist?

I know I am a humanist. I care deeply about people. I also know that I am quite happy being a domestic mother, cleaning house and raising children (Although I wish I got paid for that). I love men. I will say that again- I love men! I often take a more submissive role in a relationship.

I think a lot of my feminism is tied around motherhood and the inequalities I see there. As I read the books for my sociology paper, I found myself vehemently disagreeing with them sometimes. I am a fan of attachment parenting- these books were not.
If given the choice, I would stay home and raise my children.... and a whole bunch of other children as well. In fact, I want to become a professional foster parent just so the system can mistreat me for a whole bunch more years.

Am I a feminist? I really don't know. What I do know is that the American family has to radically change, because what is currently happening is not sustainable nor healthy. If that makes me a feminist, then I guess I am one.