So, we’re finally seeing the beginnings of feminist thought and expression in Jordanian non-traditional media. It’s still raw and simplistic, but brilliant nonetheless, as the rawness and simplicity reflect on our social and intellectual realities.
Being a feminist myself, both articles are very toned-down. But as you can see from all the backwards comments, they are shocking to many people. It is sad that in our society, the level of feminist discourse is intimidating to most at its most basic level, a level that should be a given, since it’s 2012 and all.
Anyway. I’ll leave you to read:
Quoting from the latter:
“Finally, women’s independence should not be offensive to men; it should not threaten any real man’s sense of masculinity. Real masculinity is not about opening the door and being responsible for helpless females. Real masculinity is being capable of respect without disempowering or dismissing a woman. Real masculinity is about feeling secure enough in one’s selfhood that repressing the other gender is never a definition of oneself.”