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?