Interesting and well-written post I just read at Mom101’s blog, about feminism. I can’t say, like many of her commentators, that I was raised by feminists, at least not overtly. But my mom worked outside the home nearly her entire adult life (thus setting a good example of capability); my dad never once told me I “couldn’t do something because I was a girl”. But I grew up with a pretty keen sense of the stupid injustices of the world in regard to women (this being 50s through the early 70s.)
Funny story: many years ago when we lived in Houston, I worked for a developer, small company owned by a gay man and his silent partner – I mention the gay part because of his habit, when angry at a woman, of calling her “Honey” in a very abrasive tone. He tried it on me just once – and I rounded on him and said, (dripping acid here) “Don’t EVER call me ‘honey’!” He reared back in surprise, and we settled whatever the issue was, but he never did again.
Quite a long time later (couple of years) I found out from another woman who did work for us as well that Peter had thought that I didn’t want him to call me honey because it was against my religion (I’m a Sikh) – I laughed so hard, and said to her, “no, it’s against my feminisim!!!”