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“Click! Click! Click!”

Author Jane O’Reilly writes an interesting article entitled “The Housewife’s Moment of Truth”.  The article is written in 1971 during the Women’s Liberation movement of the 1970s.   This is a time where some women are realizing there is a clear power division between men and women.  “Click!” is a term used throughout the article as the moment of recognition for women.  The author is effective in including scenarios where women are awakening to the feminist consciousness.  These include experiences women have that men do not encounter.

Even though this article was written over 40 years ago many of the same perspectives and attitudes exist today.  Many times it is said that the women’s movement is dead.  People hear that women now have the same rights as men and there for there is no need for feminism.  Feminism even has a huge negative connotation at present.  But feminism is not dead.  “Click!”   Many women are facing that realization today.

Are men called selfish for having a career and a family? No. Are women? “Click!”  Are men called prudes when they reject sexual advances? Are women? “Click!” Are men who can’t cook judged by society’s standards? Are women? “Click!”  Are men who have multiple sex partners considered sluts? Are women? “Click!”

Women should not be limited by the ignorance of society.  Feminism is equality for men and women, boys and girls, everyone.  Women who are becoming aware of the unequal balance between men and women are joining a sisterhood.  They are realizing that women have experiences that connect all. We should not want the same type of future for our daughters our mothers and grandmothers experienced during the 1970s.  We also should not want the same type of experiences for our daughters as the ones we experience for ourselves today.

What has been your “Click!” moment?  Do you feel its easier today for men to understand the inequality differences versus during the 1970s Women’s Liberation movement?  Once there is that moment of recognition are more people willing to take action?


2 Comments

  1. meerkat93 says:

    I think I have had several “click!” moments throughout my life. I am a girl and as a child I wanted to play hockey like my dad (he is a high school hockey coach), but he told me that girls couldn’t play hockey– click! I remember reading once as a sophomore in high school that Hillary Clinton would be unfit for President because she would waste a precious hour per day getting dressed in the morning (and this was in a serious political magazine, not a satirical article)– click! A few weeks ago I asked my brother to help me make dinner and he agreed, then sat down at the table and waited to be served– click!

    Moments like these have made me feel almost hopeless that some men will ever understand the inequality women face today. Some men are truly unaware of it, and others choose not to be. Still, there is a glimmer of hope because some men have that “click” moment themselves. One of my close male friends was not even aware that women were banned from the front lines in the military until it was recently changed by the Pentagon, and he was astonished and outraged that it was ever a rule at all. I was not alive in the 1970s but from what I have learned in school and from the personal stories of people I know, times have definitely changed and women are making huge strides. Just the visibility of women and their accomplishments may allow more men to see that women are capable of these achievements, and make that “click” moment all the more possible. Once they realize there is inequality there, people can take steps to end it.

  2. Stephanie Jones says:

    I loved your use of “Clicks” that could happen in today’s society to make an article written in the 70s applicable to how we view things now. I do feel that it’s easier for men to understand the inequality differences now; however, I still think that many men have a hard time noticing these inequalities. Take, for example, your “click moment” example of it being acceptable for men to have multiple sex partners while women are considered “sluts” if they do. I can’t say for certain, but most men probably wouldn’t even notice the inequality in this statement unless it was pointed out to them because it doesn’t directly affect them. If society considered it acceptable for women to have multiple sex partners but not men, I think it would be reversed. Men would be the ones who noticed the inequality while women wouldn’t. It all has to do with perspective.

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