Femininity and Equality Go Hand in Hand by Pat Garcia
October 14, 1949, I came into the world. Growing up as a child in a rural area, it was unnatural for me to dodge all the home economic responsibilities girls were supposed to learn, but I did. Being my father's first born, and sandwiched between my mother's first child brought into their marriage and my brother who was their second child, the rebel in me took gestalt and grew. An acorn of persistence and resistance mixed with the desire to achieve made me the young, feisty girl that I was, a person adults were uncomfortable being around, and the feminist in me was born. Thus, feminism was a part of me before the National Organization for Women, (NOW) existed.
I could not understand back then why female education had to be deferred because of the male species. Everyone hoped I would grow out of this, what they called 'Stubborn Phase' when I fell in love. However, this was not the case. Not that, I didn't fall in love, I fell in love dozens of times, but falling in love did not quiet the soul of a young woman who wanted to be treated equally.
Femininity and equality go hand in hand, in my opinion. It is the acceptance that each individual, regardless of gender, has the right to excel and to live with whatever consequences accompany his or her quest. There are no special bonuses for either sex.
Therefore, I believe the war between the genders could be eradicated if we acknowledge that men and women are created equal and are endowed with certain inalienable rights. That this has not happened lies with our inability to accept responsibility for our own inadequacies, and it provides us with a scapegoat to maintain the status quo of inequality.