Today I’m coming at you with a topic which I’ve had a relationship with for a long time: modern feminism.
As a mom to boys and a woman who loves men, this is a topic that is particularly dear to my heart.
And of course everything I have to say is strictly about my own personal experience and observations. I do NOT claim monopoly to "the truth"!
Also, since I have a lot to say, this one will be a 2-parter.
As you know, I have a bit of a beef with our modern civilization and its oppressive ways — so of course our patriarchal ways are no exception. We live in a world where the subjugation of women and the denigration of feminine values have been pretty much institutionalized.
So it has of course been extremely important to reveal and reverse the ways in which this has been happening on a systemic level, in the form of the feminist movements of the past and present, going all the way back to the suffragist movements of the 19th century.
Even the fact that I’m here talking to you in this way today means that so many women (and men) have fought for my ability and freedom to do so.
That being said, what I've been noticing in our present day is that it's also been a bit of a mixed bag, and there have also been lots of unintended consequences to the ideas imparted by modern feminism — such as the idea that the very existence of differences between the sexes is problematic or that putting more women into traditionally male-dominated spaces constitutes progress in and of itself, without asking what we might also be losing in the final analysis.
And as you know by now, I always find it important to be able to look at everything and ask the hard questions without fear.
In part I today, I dig into my own personal history with feminist ideas and where I have come to with those today. Next episode will get more into the concrete ways in which that has influenced my own life choices, as well as many of my clients and friends.
Episode to check out:
Why it's high time to dispel "the myth of progress"