Anyone seeing the title of Betty Friedan’s 1963 classic –The Feminine Mystique(1)for the first time – could be forgiven for thinking that she is actually promoting some kind of strategy of perfumed seduction... but far from it.Friedan railed against the excessive glorification of domesticity -the Feminine Mystique- seeing it as a way to keep women happy with their lot in the kitchen and out of the workplace and the world.
You may well wonder what do the ungainly Duck-billed Platypus and the soignée "retail guru" Mary Portas ("Queen of Shops") have in common? The answer is that each in their way has defied the categories of Normal and Abnormal that society routinely imposes.
Those of us working in gender and international development can remember the good old days.... which are still with us.... when governments and development agencies.....could pat themselves on the back for producing data disaggregated by sex....
How is one to deal with the new celebrity being enjoyed by “feminism”? Those who have been toiling in the gender equality vineyards for decades, with modest harvests, may find it hard to cope with feminism becoming not only acceptable, but also chic. Does this mean the shouting is over and we can all start thinking about some other kinds of discrimination requiring eradication...or is there still more toiling to be done on the feminist front-line?
“Cross-border surrogacy raises thorny questions, especially for feminists.Some people look at women selling their eggs or reproductive capacity as an individual right within the context of wage labor. Others see these practices as deepening gender and class inequalities in a not-so-free market”.