The other night, Evan and I were on a date talking about this blog. He said the only time he's heard the word feminism was in a negative light. What!? How could it be that I've never thought that? Sure, modern feminists do some pretty crazy stuff, but historically, feminists have done so much good, too!
So, I thought I'd do an extremely well-thought out and accurate facebook survey (I jest). I need to ask the question again to see if I get a few more responses, but generally speaking, most people who replied to my question do not like the word feminism and view it in a negative light or believe it is no longer an issue.
Now why would I not view it this way? Is it because I've grown up in a society infiltrated with feminism that I haven't noticed it? Is it because I took a woman's history class and became more familiar with the subject? What would cause me to miss the hard-core dislike among the general population? I figured most people I know would consider themselves feminists, but just don't really talk about it.
Because this blog was intended to be an uplift and a support of the women's issue: it's okay to stay home, I've made the blog private until I can figure this out. I don't want to drive people away just because of the word feminism.
I consider any issue that women fight for as feminism: modesty, staying at home, fighting pornography, equal pay, etc.
How do you feel about the word?
Could the negative connotation someday be removed?