When I wrote Am I Blue? following President Obama’s election in 2008, I was jubilant at what appeared to be an enormous step for Civil Rights in this country. With the 2012 election just days away, I am again personally invested in the outcome. In this election, there is even more at stake for all minorities—especially women.
Too many times in my psychology practice, my young female patients say, “I’m not a feminist.” They say it like “feminist” is a four letter word. In the late 20th century, the feminist movement became associated with rage and radicalism. I’m fully supportive of the “third wave” focus on overall acceptance of a woman’s choice to be whatever she wants to be and fighting against oppression based on gender identity. But feminism has always been about EQUAL RIGHTS and CHOICE. Too many of us have become complacent, taking for granted the rights women fought for starting in the late 1800’s.