Thursday 27 October 2016

How about a future where we don't have to campaign to get basic rights?

Maia Dunphy
Maia Dunphy

"#FeministFutures is being able to say I'm a feminist without being called a man-hating lesbian."

That was broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe's tweet this week for the viral campaign #feministfutures. The hashtag trended ahead of the National Women's Council of Ireland's AGM yesterday and hundreds of Irish women (and men) took to Twitter to support ideas for a world where women should be treated as equals.

The conference explored what feminism means today in a world where many are shunning the label and actively distancing themselves from the movement. (Demi Moore, Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson, please look up its definition.)

Maia Dunphy tweeted that her feminist future would be "the day when people say in disbelief: 'Jeez, do you remember when women weren't paid the same as men?'".


That's apt, as the gender pay gap here is almost 15pc and by current trends women and men won't be paid the same for another 75 years.

Marian Keyes tweeted her feminist future would be a time when "the word 'ambitious' when referring to a woman, isn't an insult".

Dr Ciara Kelly tweeted that hers would be when "magazines that make you feel inadequate because you're not anorexic thin and airbrushed simply won't sell", acknowledging that we live in a world where looks matter more for women than men.

Men joined in too. Patrick Dempsey tweeted "when women are not 'ranting' or 'nagging' but rightfully voicing themselves." Another woman tweeted "when women aren't expected to automatically take on the child rearing and housekeeping duties." I would happily forgo 'Women's Christmas' for an equal division of labour all year round.

Here's my #feministfuture: That we live in a world where we don't have to resort to hashtags to get attention for basic equality.

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