It’s always risky for a male to write about feminism or women issues. Whatever stance one, takes, he is likely to offend everyone. But has the feminist movement ever been so close to its goals? Sarah Palin has filled the airwaves around the world after taking the baton from Hillary Clinton and Segolene Royal. Tizipi Livni is well set to become the prime minister of
Indeed, while feminism has come a long way from the suffragate era of the Pankhursts to stand today for a woman's right to have orgasm first, are all these signs of real emancipation? Political emancipation has been only experienced by a handful of women and has not translated into any benefits for the majority, especially in developing countries. Women are still near to absent in the lists of top management in corporations, or institutes of higher education (especially in countries like
Feminist movements have lost the high decibel power of the movement because of ageing or death of the legends of the feminist movement like Robin Morgan or Simone Beauvoir. But, feminism or women centered activism continues to remain relevant. This is because as Francisco Ferrer had observed, the conservative nature of women is a strong stabilizing force in society. So if any progressive idea, that could potentially improve the lot of human beings, has to be successful, it has to be instilled in women to gain the required mass and inertia . This has been proven time and again; case in point being recent studies in India that have shown that the key to better health for kids and higher school enrolment lies in educating their mothers first (source EPW). So any progress for mankind has to go hand in hand with emancipation of women.
So what’s the future for feminism? As science advances, it will become morally imperative to develop testosterone suppressants so that women don’t have to adorn veils. Physical differences, attributable to sex, would become more a matter of choice. All the same, development in cloning, stem cell research and incubation technology will eventually make sex irrelevant.
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