To those who this rings bells you might be a feminist. Feminist the activist, advocate of rights of women and children and therefore of all people, boys and girls. Feminist usually is a woman who is not afraid to speak up and act for those who need help, are in need and she helps herself because there often is a deep personal experience of discrimination, sexism that has happened over and over again in patterns and ways that do not change until they are forced to change. Feminist is the one who is not afraid to be trashed by many for her belief in equality, to be herself, who is not afraid to protest in a way she sees fit, usually in provocative way making many angry because there truly are plenty of people who do not want human rights for all nor equality to apply all, people who want to protect rights of the rich, white females and males, protect power of the elite, white power, male power, patriarchy or whatever that is called nowadays. Feminism is not a movement that would not have a mission today, quite on a contrary. It has got plenty to accomplish.
Why is this so confusing?
“This elite owns the privatised public sector, which includes gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, airports, air traffic control, airlines, railways, bus services, and most recently the Royal Mail. The outsourcing companies run an ever-increasing part of our public services, covering social security, correctional services, employment services, the NHS, the disabled, the educational sector, the care sector, etc.
Today, it is conveniently forgotten that the financial base of household names such as ThyssenKrupp, Mercedes, BMW, VW, Porsche and Hugo Boss all came from the vast profits made under the Nazi government, when there were no unions, few regulations and cheap labour – very often slave labour from the concentration camps.
I gather some have it more than others, so much so that for example a named male artist has more of it than an unknown female artist. I have also felt that this is the thing between male and female artists in general (it is a male dominated area of expertise still, expertise generated specialty field), whether the artists are known or not the barriers, prejudices and suspicions are very clear. Men have more credibility that is taken for granted. It is quite a lot same as me working as a welder or having to do business at a hardware store, to study sculpting which traditionally is very male dominated and testosterone packed field. Yes it was difficult for men to tolerate women at art school and at work a woman who welded well, it was unbelievable even. The same curious similarity in trying to find my place in the arts, proving myself to those who need a lot of proving and still they don’t somehow take it, my professional artist identity as a fact.
What has this got to do with freedom of speech and freedom of expression? A lot. It is fairly easy to see that what women represent and what they are thought of being capable of can be unfairly underestimated, turned down as unworthy, laughed at and the enthusiasm for the craft killed by endless discrimination and bullying that has no ground whatsoever.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/11416465/Jack-Whites-very-angry-letter.html “lesson about truth and ethics hopefully. all they have to do is google this to know that it’s not worth it. look for real problems instead next time. look for the truth, not fake drama. i got pissed during my show and berated the crowd? no. sorry, didn’t happen. i made jokes about the paper publishing that info, so which of us is thin skinned? they have freedom of speech but i don’t? “