• Question: Do you agree with the new-era of feminism? In which men are believed to be inferior whilst the original ideal behind feminism is corrupted and radicalised?

    Asked by hayden to Vassilis, Tirso, Matthew, Jane, Dawn, Alexandra on 12 Mar 2019.
    • Photo: Dawn Rose

      Dawn Rose answered on 12 Mar 2019:

      I don’t believe that is a fair representation of current feminism, and I’m not even sure there is a new-era of feminism. There will always be some activists who are more radical than others. It’s great the we live in a free, though still unfair world so that people can have a voice however they choose right? 🙂

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      Vassilis Sideropoulos answered on 12 Mar 2019:

      I do agree with feminism. However, I do not think that there’s a new-era of feminism – rather I’d say it’s a more commercialised and visible era of it. I would be describing it as an e-version of feminism as a lot of the acts are happening online at the moment.

      To answer your second question, feminists have a much bigger platform now which has helped them to tackle or create movements to tackle problems that are significantly important (#MeToo, Abortion). However, such actions have been painted as men-hating acts during the attempts to talk about fair representation, equality, equity, freedom of choice for women – which I find very interesting because we are living in a social system where patriarchal values can’t seem to fade.

      Thinking about these values, I believe what feminists managed to do the past few years was to challenge people (not just men, but women too) who hold such beliefs and values and this is how feminists started to become visible and be heard. And with the current socio-political situations, I am confident to say that it’s important to bring in the table issues (equal payments, freedom of choice for abortion, equality etc.) that are rooted deep in patriarchal values.