This week on Underwire, Frida explores our relationship with the word feminism, which is a complicated one. In another collaborative episode, members of TOFemCo and contributors dissect their personal feelings about the word and what we can do to change the negative connotation around it and make feminism a more inclusive movement for all people, including women of colour and the LGBTQ2SI community.
This episode was inspired by the disheartening statistic in Canadian women's magazine Chatelaine that 68% of Canadian women surveyed don't identify as feminists. The most simple version of the definition is the belief that all genders are equal, so for the majority of Canadian women to say they don't believe in that, when they have so many rights that say otherwise, means they either: don't know the definition of the word; think the word is scary; or believe the word is non-inclusive. Most of all, it means that as feminists, we have a lot of work to do to distigmatize the word and make the movement work for everyone.
Throughout the episode we highlight a variety of feminist definitions or feminist moments and quotes that we find inspiring, plus some bad ass music.
On this episode, you'll hear clips from Aziz Ansari, Chimamanda Adichie, Connie Britton, Justin Trudeau, Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson. TOFemCo members include your host Frida, plus Anne, Georgia, Kaylee and Peggy. Our contributors are Cortney and Brazen Lee. The interstitial songs are Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT remix) by Metric, Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill, Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves and Bad Girls by MIA.
We'd love to hear about your relationship with feminism in the comments, on social media or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us what your preferred definition of feminism is. And if you'd like to contribute to our blog or podcast, it's not too late!
Thanks for listening!