It’s intl. women’s day and that’s somewhat a big deal. I wouldn’t know because I’m not a traditional feminist and I do not believe in the mindset of textbook feminism. Because, I’m educated and liberated within myself and do not feel the need to constantly demand equality and compete to be equal to men. It’s a battle with no reasonable outcome but more mess. I have accepted that biologically and emotionally I’m always going to be a female and different than a man. And I know that God gave me strengths that made me different enough so I wouldn’t be insecure. I acknowledge the issues that arise from an illiterate mindset and cultural practices and not based on Islamic guidelines. I strongly feel towards media which portrays Hijab as my weakness when it has been my strength and for many others . Misogynist is a common term misused. I don’t think that my religion ever created barriers for me to be a strong, independent woman as I have the right to my money, my husband’s money and my individual rights that I can make legally binding in the court of law( Shariah law to be precise!). I was given the right to have a place in Will of close family members, the right to vote etc way before French Women had .I also admit without a shame that behind every woman’s success can be another woman, a loving and respectful husband or a father. And that we don’t really need an influx of estrogen to be successful but a right balance . It’s an insult to see messages that tell me I can do whatever a man can because a “man” is not my depiction of success.
Equal pay should be considered and maternity/paternity leave is the right of every parent and should be paid . I do not agree to raise a child as a feminist or a misogynist but a person who believes and strives for justice in personal and professional relations.
I’m yet to see feminism strive to battle body image issues , depression and the million dollar industry that promotes vulgarity featuring women. I wonder if feminism battles the issues of the highly sexualized content that plays in our society in general. I’m liberated and complete, by my God who created me in the best form. I’m liberated to know that my gender was chosen by Him to experience motherhood and emotionally stable than that of a man’s. I’m liberated by my religion and not by a drive that is flawed by insecurities of itself.