|Toledo Area Chapter - National Organization for Women|
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Sisters of Toledo NOW
| An Inspired Manifesta|
By Michelle Finley, as read at the Toledo NOW Meeting June 15, 2005
We meet this evening as individuals concerned about women and women's issues in our society.
Our issues are varied, our passions are diverse, but our philosophies fall under one umbrella term: feminism.
Feminism has been defined as "the political, social, and economic equality for women". In a simplistic form of determination, one is either for women, or against women. The choices we make in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives are either for women or against women.
In an effort to be inclusive, in an effort to be "pleasant", as individuals, we often overlook or explain away actions of others that are anti-woman. As feminists, we can do it no longer. We have to understand clearly when actions and words do not support us, and we have to be unafraid to admit it to ourselves and to bring it to attention.
While I do not wish to define anybody else's feminism for them, as I wouldn't want anyone else to define my feminism for me, there is a "party line". Sometimes we cross that party line, knowingly or unknowingly, but as feminists, we should know what the party line is. We do not accept sexual harassment. We do not accept that women's reproductive rights should be put into the hands of anyone beyond that woman and the persons she chooses to include in her decisions. We do not accept unequal pay for equal work. We do not accept female subordination. We do not accept the "natural order of male dominance". We do not accept gender discrimination in our schools and courts. We do not accept racism. We do not accept anti-lesbianism. We do not accept any form of violence against women. And just as importantly, we do not accept that women, especially feminist women, deserve, encourage, facilitate, or should receive blame for any of the above sexist practices.
As we continually strive to define and refine our personal politics, to determine our own brand of feminism, we work together, talk together, and share with each other to deepen our understanding of what being pro-woman really means. We can disagree with one another, but ultimately, we have to support the choice that supports women, because we are feminists.
|TOLEDO AREA CHAPTER - NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN|