I seem to keep apologising to no one the fact that I don't write more often. Which I always plan to, but never seem to get around to. Well, don't let me off the hook. I have to be more regular with my rants, they do me good. And besides the incredible work leading to the 16-days campaign, we have Vday - to rise against violence against women - coming. And I am looking forward to hear everybody's plans.
Ok, this had a point. Sometimes, if you are outspoken about your equality and the need to revision gender relations some pretty weird questions start to come up. For instance: who do you think is smarter, men or women? That makes no sense. For once, it's based on a false dichotomy. So, we are all boxed as men or women. What does that mean? Transgender will become more or less smart after their operation? Do people that are born with the two reproductive organs twice as smart? Our reproductive system comprises less than 10% of our bodies but it defines how we are perceived and socialised. It defines our opportunities and our place in the world. Or people who would say, "I'm not a feminist, machista or sexist... I'm a humanist". I have know idea what the principle of science/human before God have to do with this discussion, it's my first though. The second is why wouldn't you want a better place for everyone? Being feminist is not supposed to be an ugly word. It should simply mean that you agree with the inherently principle that all human beings are created equal and deserve the same rights and opportunities.
I hope that by thinking of what we say, we can start changing some attitudes. Everyday a learn a little bit more and I get a little more sad. Sad that we have internalised so much of this patterns we don't even know who we really are, what we want and what real freedom looks like. But at the same time, I'm hopeful that by realising those patterns and behaviours we might to arrive in a better place. At least, there is always place for hope.