So I’ve recently accepted the fact that I am a feminist. Because of this realization, I’ve started collecting information on the topic. Holy shit, there’s a ton of variant strains out there in the wild. I feel like I’m one of those stressed out salmon struggling upstream against a ferocious stream of information that’s rushing by so fast that I can’t even get a finger on one stinkin’ piece.
First piece of advice, don’t try to read all of the articles you find online. The Internet is the ultimate collection of opinions presented as fact. See? This blog is my opinion. Not facts. When I use actual facts these will be cited in some half-assed manner. The articles and such you will find online are pretty much inflammatory nonsense hyped up and created to inspire emotional reactions.
Equality isn’t about emotions. Not at its core. Equality is what my brand of feminism is based upon.
noun, plural equalities.
1. the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability:
promoting equality of opportunity in the workplace
2. uniform character, as of motion or surface.
3. Mathematics. a statement that two quantities are equal; equation.
So okay. Not the math part or the part of the definition that has to do with even-ness. Eveness. Evenness. Geez, why does that word just look wrong no matter what? The third one is right, but it’s not the definition we are looking for. That first one.
the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability
It’s one of those utterly frustrating definitions that refers you back to the base word which in this case is “equal.”
1. as great as; the same as (often followed by to or with):
The velocity of sound is not equal to that of light.
2. like or alike in quantity, degree, value, etc.; of the same rank, ability, merit, etc.:
two students of equal brilliance.
3. evenly proportioned or balanced:
an equal contest.
4. uniform in operation or effect:
5. adequate or sufficient in quantity or degree:
The supply is equal to the demand.
6. having adequate powers, ability, or means:
He was equal to the task.
7. level, as a plain.
Now there is a definition I can sink my teeth into! As great as! The same as! Ignore the math stuff again although it is rather important when you really think about the meaning of the word equal. Of the same rank, ability, merit, etc. Right in those first two definitions you can see exactly why I find the topic of equality to be the key thought behind Flea’s Feminism. I haven’t really decided what to call my school of thought yet. I’m still learning about the existing schools of thought on feminism.
Women should be treated as greatly as men. Women should be treated the same as men. Women are of the same rank, ability, and merit as men who have been trained for their positions. Yeah. I like that. Maybe I should be an Equalanist because women are not the only people who are suffering from inequality.