Today I met the lovely man in my life for lunch in a little cafe bookshop he has found around the corner from his office. After we had finished eating, he spotted a book “The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism“. We picked it up and had a good flick through.
Printed in 1929 it was incredibly forward sighted – not at all what we had expected from the title. OK, so it was a leeetle bit ‘helping the little lady understand what all this faff is about’, but the content discussed things like the inequality of women drawing a single wage while men earn a family wage. Then we spotted it was by George Bernard Shaw. The advanced (for its time) thinking made sense.
At $30 that one had to be returned to its shelf, but looking around we discovered that we were sitting in the feminist literature corner. Awesome; thought I. Urgh; I suspect was the thought of my beau. Coz then I was hooked.
I have never had any formal tutelage on the subject of feminism, and have not read any of the official ‘course literature’ for the subject. I am glad of that, because it means that to this point my opinions have been shaped largely by my life experiences. However today that will change. Because $19 later I had left the cafe with a copy of Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch and a 1996 book; DIY Feminism by Kathy Bail.
Germaine Greer has come to represent all that is bad in feminism for many. She seems to be held single-handedly responsible for the point at which feminism became man-hating (not my branch of the philosophy at all). I am very interested to see what she has to say for herself and honestly expect to pick up some very interesting thoughts… even if I won’t necessarily agree with it all.
I shall let you know how I get on!