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Sexy or clever. Does it matter which is more important to a teenage girl? Has feminism achieved what it set out to do, and are the latest general of girls and young women squandering hard-won opportunities?
I could spend 1OO Daily Emails discussing the definition of feminism but let me start with this. It’s a movement that has sought to remove gender inequality in all societies in the world. At the heart of this was the right of women to own property, to have equal opportunities in the work place and be paid equally, to live without fear of violence and the right to vote. Added to this must be the goal of stopping society from judging women by their appearance (famously put into words in the 90s by Naomi Wolf in The Beauty Myth), and instead judging them by their intellect, their personality and their achievements (though what an achievement is we could also debate).
The question is, looking at a range of stories in the news today, has feminism achieved these targets?
1. Better sexy than clever. US academic Carol Platt Liebau argues that’s the attitude of teenager girls. Hardly what feminism had in mind.2. Religious vigilantes have killed at least 40 women this year in the southern Iraqi city of Basra because of how they dressed.
NO SHOW TOMORROW… BUT STAY TUNEDWe’re off air tomorrow because it’s the first of three special debates recorded to mark the 75th anniversary of the BBC World Service. It’s been recorded already so you won’t be able to contribute to the discussion, but we’ll post on the blog so there’s somewhere for you to leave your reaction.
75th Season: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/freetospeak/
Speak to you later.