You're Probably a Feminist -- Even If You Don't Consider Yourself One

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carla bruni french vogueCarla Bruni -- onetime supermodel and former first lady of France -- is on the December cover of French Vogue and inside, she addresses a subject that in some circles is ridiculously controversial: Feminism. Although one might guess that Bruni, as someone who most likely had to prove herself to be more than a pretty face and carve out a place for herself on the world stage next to husband Nicolas Sarkozy, would most definitely call herself a feminist -- or at least sympathize with anyone who does, it turns out that she actually believes her "generation doesn't need feminism." Face. Palm.

Although I'm sure there are those who will openly and enthusiastically agree with Bruni, she couldn't be more wrong. And the way she's completely misrepresenting what feminism truly is couldn't be more dangerous.

She elaborated:

There are pioneers who opened the breach. I’m not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I’m a bourgeois. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day.

First off, I'm not quite sure what she means by not being an "active feminist." (Does that mean she doesn't like to workout? OR she doesn't wear fatigues and burn her bra and do whatever other cartoon-ish ridiculous things people like Rush Limbaugh envision a "feminist" spending her time doing?) But beyond that, okay, great, she's "bourgeois" and loves her family and being dull. Lovely. Good for her. But how is that the antithesis of being a feminist? On the contrary, she's making a major CASE for feminism.

What Carla Bruni doesn't seem to realize is that feminism has existed -- and must continue to exist -- in order to make it possible for her or any woman to choose what kind of life they lead. To be able to say she loves "family life" and want to focus on that. Or to say she loves her job and want to pursue that. Or make a conscious decision to juggle both.

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And given the fact that women are not being paid equal pay for equal work, we're not all given a maternity leave that supports the kind of bonding we need to do with our children, and we're still fighting for access to birth control, yeah, I think it's fair to say our generation definitely needs feminism. And there's much to be said for being an active participant in the ongoing movement.

The shameful truth is that the definitions and conontations of the terms "feminism" and "feminist" have been totally warped over the years by misogynists like Limbaugh who are threatened by the idea of empowered, equally-treated women who can make active choices about their lives and reproductive health and so forth and so on. Whose main objective it seems is to put/keep women "in their place." And sadly, it seems like Bruni is buying into these misleading, false ideas of what it means to be a feminist. When someone like her who is supposed to be an worldly woman is echoing these ideas, we've got a problem.

It's never been more clear that we need to get back to basics and realize that if you're in favor of equal opportunities and choices for women, yes, you do believe in feminism -- like it or not.

What do you think about Carla Bruni's comment? Do you believe your generation -- and future generations -- need feminism?


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Procr... Procrastamom

What Carla Bruni doesn't seem to realize is that feminism has existed -- and must continue to exist -- in order to make it possible for her or any woman to choose what kind of life they lead. To be able to say she loves "family life" and want to focus on that. Or to say she loves her job and want to pursue that. Or make a conscious decision to juggle both.

THIS!!!  It's about the choice and having access to that choice.  If you work outside the home, you believe in Feminism.  If you choose to stay home, you believe in Feminism.  IF YOU VOTE, you believe in Feminism. 

nonmember avatar Shannon

Feminists are liars who want women to believe they are powerful and subsequently victims at the same time. Women do get equal pay for EQUAL work. What the statistics don't tell you is that is that the pay of all women is averaged and compared to the pay of all men, WITHOUT consideration for hours worked, job worked, shift differentials, or years experience. Women DO make as much as men when all these factors are taken into consideration. As for access to birth control, you can get it at any Planned Parenthood for free or pick it up for 9 bucks from the Walmart pharmacy. Birth control is legal in every state. So what are you supposedly fighting for access to? Oh, that's right, feminists want everyone else to pay for their choices, whether they agree with them or not. Like maternity leave. Ladies, companies pay you a salary to WORK not procreate. Why hire you when they can hire a man who won't miss work? Instead, chose your profession and job carefully before planning your family. I don't need feminism to guarantee my right to chose how I live my life, that was endowed by my Creator! And for those of you who might be wondering, I am a college educated professional.

Austin Keenan

More single moms are in the poor and working poor class than ever before.  Feminism  for these women has meant that instead of being dependent on men,  they're dependent on government and charities.    Dependency is dependency.   Maybe it feels better because it's not as intimate/personal but it's just as enslaving.         




Aeris... AerisKate

Give it a rest on the birth control issue.  Nobody is fighting for access.  ALL women have access to birth control in this country.  As Shannon stated, it is legal in all 50 states and you can get it for as cheap as 9 bucks a month at Walmart.  I understand that the 9 dollar brand may not be what all women wantto take, but whatever birth control they want is not going to be legally denied to them.  Maybe they can't afford the type they need, but they still have access to it if they can pay for it.  What you should be saying is that you are wanting the government or taxpayers to pay for your birth control.  I have never expected anyone else to pay for my medication.  Even when I was in college and lived off chef-boy-r-dee and cereal, I stil managed to scrounge up the $35 I had to pay for the birth control I was on at the time (and I was taking it for acne).  Nobody has ever had completely 100% free birth control before, so I'm not sure why everyone suddenly acts like some right is being taken away because taxpayers don't want to foot the bill for birth control for millions of women. 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Women do get equal pay for equal work, maternity leave is a farce, and we have easy access to birth control. Sounds like your idea of feminism is filling your head with lies and making you miserable.

the4m... the4mutts

The start of feminism was a good thing. The evolution of feminism has resulted in entitled bitches who think the world owes them more than they've earned, simply because they had no rights 300years ago. ORIGINAL feminism has worked! We're equal. Equal oportunities to everything. Equally allowed to work for what we want. What the evolved feminazi would have you believe, is that you SHOULD do it on your own, and with lots of government help. Heaven forbid you rely on a man! We're superior beings, dontcha know? Men can't change diapers, so we should do that, pay for daycare, work, clean, cook, and generally be superwomen who "own" men through the power of our fabulous vaginas.

Rachel Jones

wow, reading the handmaids tale right now. scary how the book starts, with religious zealot types convincing women of the "values". i know the book is fictional, but still. scary times we live in when you think weve come so far, and they start trying to change laws on things a simpe as our right to birth control. its a scary road.....

tbruc... tbrucemom

Shannon, Austin Keenan, AerisKate, RhondaVeggie, the 4mutts - I agree with everything you said and couldn't have said it any better!

nonmember avatar Dejah

The reasons this article says we need Feminism... they ALL exist in France. They do not exist everywhere, especially the US and worse in developing countries. So while rich, gorgeous First Ladies of First World nations may not need Feminism, the rest of the world does. I am happy to see that our own First Lady is a living icon for Feminists everywhere.

Jacqueline Spiegelman

While I WISH we didn't "need feminism", this world in fact does. Beyond the first world birth control, abortion, maternity leave arguments, anyone who has been a+
*nywhere near a 2nd or 3rd world nation knows that there is a disgusting amount of abuse and suffering of women especially. So many babies are born malnourished because women and children get to eat whatever is left when men are done, for example. I think any woman who doesn't feel as if she has ever been treated less than equal is incredibly lucky; as for the rest of us, may we not continue to be pushed down by the ignorance and arrogance of man.

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