Friday, 4 June 2010

Feminist Friday - a definition of Feminism

If you go back to the roots of the word 'feminism' it literally means 'to believe in the feminine'. This intrigues me, because then it becomes inclusive of much more than women and women's rights. It includes all that might be defined as the feminine. I am thinking about the Masculine and the Feminine more like in the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang where two contrasting energies make up the total of reality.

If feminism is thought of under this definition it would include everything that has feminine properties. Then rather than looking at just how women have been held back and injured, we would be looking at how the rejection or dishonouring of the Feminine is effecting humanity as a whole and the larger world.


lilasvb said...


Anonymous said...

Well said

Karin Bartimole said...

i like this definition you present very much indeed!