This is the first time I’ve ever written a blog, so I did a bit of research on the internet to find out what sort of thing people usually write about, let’s say for inspiration.
I enjoyed most of the fashion and style blogs I read, and I have a feeling that come Halloween I’ll be utilising some of the tips I’ve picked up. Youtube tutorials also get a huge thumbs up.
However… A lot of blogs seemed to have some fairly radical opinions about feminism. I’m no expert on feminism but I am glad and grateful that as a woman in this country I have the same rights as any man – the opportunity to vote, to study at higher education and to choose whether to work or not. I know this certainly isn’t the case in many other countries and cultures around the world and I hope this does change, but maybe I feel that change should come from within.
I have read statistics about inequality in pay and promotion between men and women, but I also tend to take these with a pinch of salt. Having studied statistics in the final year of my degree I understand that they can be very misleading, interpreted incorrectly and without knowledge of the sample type and size etc I’m very reluctant to draw any conclusions. (Eg 99% of people sampled agreed with fox-hunting… In a fox-hunting club – For anyone interested in statistics there are lots of amazing books out there, I’ve read a few and found them really helpful, especially The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow.) I also think that individuals should be paid and promoted depending upon their skills and ability to do the job, not because of their sex, gender or any other factor.
But the issue that I have with the feminist blogs was some of the comparisons that were made, for example between housewives in the 1920s and today’s ‘housewives’ (the desperate type and those on reality TV). I think that the authors were missing one important factor, that in the 1920s, women really didn’t have the choice whether or not to work. Using today’s reality TV housewives as a indication of female oppression and male superiority really doesn’t seem to ring true with me. Reality TV is not something that I watch regularly (maybe because I live in probably the only street in Dundee where you can’t get Freeview or Virgin), but I’ve seen snippets. I don’t admire the women in these shows, but they certainly come across as confident, powerful and used to getting exactly what they want. I would like to see any man try and oppress them.
I think I would much rather read a well researched article about the lives’ of women in parts of the world where oppression really is a factor, rather than a provocative piece on how men really rule the world. I find it frustrating!