Author Archives: Margot
Author Archives: Margot
Feminism is a fascinating concept. It means something different to each of us. My personal perception of feminism has evolved over the course of my life.
My first introduction to the idea was as an adolescent in the 1970’s. Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch shocked the world. At that time (my early teens) I wanted to challenge social norms, reject old traditions and wholeheartedly embrace new modes of thinking and being. Conformity was not an option for me. I didn’t want to end up like my parents, whose life seemed uninspiring and undesirable to an adventure-hungry teenager.
Since we voted for marriage equality, I've been thinking about the impact this might have on the traditional family ideal. I decided to take this opportunity to think out loud. No matter which side of the marriage equality debate I sit, the legislation has changed. Our culture and our world has shifted.
I wanted to consider what impact this had on my perception of the traditional family ideal.
My ideas have been grounded in my baby-booming generation and reinforced by immersion in Christianity. Having stepped away from that religion a long time ago, I now look for new modes of thinking. I embrace ideas that encourage me to poke my head above the 'norms' of our times. Ideas that enable me to see myself, my culture and my nationality, from new perspectives, captivate me. Marriage equality seems to provide one of those opportunities to look at tradition from a new perspective.
For a long time I’ve held the view that my sense of identity is three-pronged:
It’s a complex topic but I recently questioned the aspect: ‘who I think others think I am’.
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” This quote by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich got me thinking.
My limitations are what I perceive them to be, but … are they real? Yeah, maybe. But sometimes … maybe not. This set me on a train of thought.
It’s very easy to tell myself a story to justify avoiding challenges put before me; in fact, probably any sort of change.
I’ve tried to develop the practice of listening to myself … ‘hearing’ the stories I’m telling myself. It’s funny, but by doing that, I also started noticing that other people do it too. That other people tell themselves stories, make excuses that legitimise them not doing something or other.Read more …