This month, I got sent a quote from Rebecca West, who was born in 1892:
“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I just know that I’m called a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
Is it beyond pathetic that this is still true today? That asserting power equal to that of a male is seen as overpowering the male. That asserting power at all is seen as hostile or impolite. That women are still so under-trained to stand up for themselves – to do anything but cooperate and “get along” – that when we’re bullied, most of us have no idea how to take back power in that situation. That our society is so in denial that women can or should have power or effectiveness at all, that it’s quite possible for a wife to abuse the hell out of her husband for years and have him not even realize he’s been wronged because no “real man” can be harmed by a woman.
Yeah, I’m going to go with “pathetic.”