International Womans’ Day!

international womans day

So I finally have my laptop back to blog with, and why not start with a late Happy International Woman’s Day message? Yesterday was a day of celebrating what woman have accomplished throughout history, and the difference we can truly make united! Many famous figures and feminists took to social media to offer their wishes to this day and also delivered messages celebrating the great change in woman’s freedoms and rights, as well as pushing for that all important gender equality! I’ve noticed that the word ‘feminist’ and the idea of ‘feminism’ has been attacked and mocked by some and almost FEMINISMbecome a word to be ‘frightened’ of, not only by typical misogynists, but ordinary people! I will admit that there are some feminists who are hypocrites and who impose the idea of gender equality and freedom of expression upon everyone, yet do not follow these beliefs themselves, as well as twisting the idea of feminism to be a form of male dominance.That is NOT feminism.

Not every ‘feminist’, however is there to ‘attack’ anyone, and beyond the wrong attitudes of some people who supposedly identify as feminists, there is a real message and a real focus set for feminists – gender equality. There has always been a dark side for woman in the past, and still is today. Woman haven’t always had the vote, or have been allowed to work. It can’t been denied; woman have been put a step or two behind men a lot in the past. Even today, woman are often forced into marriage against their will, as well as being denied rights that are given to men. True feminism is about gender equality between sexes, for BOTH sexes. There are also many male feminists, as it is not something that is ‘woman’s only’ or intended to be dominated by woman. It is also a step forward for men too – it reminds us that we don’t have to conform to typical stereotypes between the genders and we CAN step outside the traditional boundaries set by society. Why has feminism become such a strong word? Because they are strong minded people. Everyone deserves to be able to make their own self decisions about who they want to be, and what sort of lifestyle they want to lead, providing it doesn’t hurt anyone.

Peace ❤

Bushra xx

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5 thoughts on “International Womans’ Day!

  1. I know my this comment may hurt you, but I am bit outspoken type of guy so can’t help.

    You don’t need to be a feminist in order to stand up for Justice for womenfolks. Coz justice knows no gender.I believe we all should strive for equal rights. But Gender equality is just stupid. We as men and women complement each-other. If we continue to try to have gender equality, we will fail as a nation. We need to embrace what makes us differentiated from each other. Educate men the way men learn best, and women the way they learn best. One sex is not better or worse than the other, just two different puzzle pieces that fit together.It seems to be the fashion nowadays for a girl to behave as much like a man as possible. Women of this era gradually losing their naturality. Women are being pressured into being too much like men; radical feminists have painted this portrait that the ideal woman is one who goes out to work, feisty, independent, brings the bread home, very career-minded etc. And there’s nothing wrong with that! But other roles e.g., motherhood, being a wife are totally ignored or in the case of being a housewife, seen as ‘oppressive.’ So according to the feminist logic, any woman who wants to please her husband and take care of her child is being subordinated and oppressed. And I’ve heard this idea many, many times. Feminism has wreaked havoc on marriage, women, children and men. It is time to redress the disorder it has wrought. One of the main problems with “feminism” is that it exploits the legitimate claims of equal rights as a cloak to usher in its divisive, hateful and neurotic interests. Interests that are plainly anti-male and not at all about equal rights.It is amazing how so many people continue to turn a blind-eye to the harm that feminism is doing – typically excusing it with something along the lines of “but… Not all feminists are like that!”. Perhaps it’s a state of denial Feminism is simply a movement which pitches Women against Men.

    • And I completely agree with that. Of course we are different in many ways. For me its about equality in terms of a woman being able to pursue a career of her choice for example even if it is male dominated and not be underestimated for it while a man should be able to project his feelings or help around the house 🙂 There’s nothing wrong with traditional roles, there just shouldn’t be an outcry if the roles are reversed in circumstances

      • Yes women can work. But I think Obligations should always come before what we want.If you do not have genuine and valid reason for job then please don’t go for it.Men and Women are entrusted with different roles and duties.Even men should also help their women in household chores. We get from Prophetic traditions that our Prophet used to cook his own food, stitch his own clothes and serve guests alone. And nobody should revolt against the nature. Children cannot be raised like chicken at a poultry farm. They need constant care, endless love, and a stable home. Only the mother has that much love to give. So women must stay home and assume control of the affairs at home until and unless there are some valid purpose. Now I am not saying that women cannot work or Islam doesn’t allow women to work. Rather Islamic history has lots of women who took positions in government during CALIPHATE. Just read my article here where I discussed in short:

        https://blogginginterfaith.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/glimpses-of-the-early-muslim-women/

      • There are woman out there who have dreams beyond looking after children or a husband. There is life before marriage, too. It is different in different contexts. Here in the West there are endless opportunities for both males and females whereas in India there are millions of girls denied an education which is fundamental in escaping future poverty for example.

  2. Yes Bushra. But since your blog post was on Feminists so i took life after marriage. But things are changing in India. Here girls are getting education and even outnumber boys in certain sectors. Even the pass percentage is higher than boys. But I think poverty is different issue. Nothing to do with education but rather with Economics.

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