After I announced on Twitter yesterday that I’m a What Katie Did affiliate, I got several new followers as WKD were kind enough to share in my excitement.
As I was checking out my new followers, and following them in kind, one of them Tweeted me (or maybe Twittered me, I never know which one it should be!). She said: “@ALittlePinUp I love your bio, it’s refreshing from ‘I wish I lived in the 40s!’ – where you had pretty much zero rights as women?!”
That sort of took me by surprise a little. I’m not one for talking about myself, in fact I tend to spend the smallest amount of time possible when editing a bio or “about me” section, but it was nice of MinxieCoquette to reach out to me and say so (it also made me think that maybe I should spend a little more time doing that type of thing…).
You see, as much as I adore certain aspects of vintage/retro/etc living and glamour, and I may sometimes daydream about being a typical 50’s housewife – baking, living in a nice big house, hosting cocktail parties, and so forth (and minus the kids!) – I wouldn’t actually want to live in the 50’s, for one simple reason: oppression.
Although we don’t have it all that well just yet (check out The Everyday Sexism Project, No More Page 3, and Page 3 Stories), we have it a lot better than our mothers did, and certainly our grandmothers too. Just listen to what actor Sir Patrick Stewart has to say about the abuse his mother suffered at the hands of his father, and the response given by the police and others.
Feminism started with the suffragettes, and continues today through you & I, and our sons & daughters, nieces & nephews, brothers & sisters, and will continue as long as it needs to…