Virginia Woolf, an English feminist journalist and author, once said “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” This unique quote of hers was actually mentioned on a very famous book which is considered to be an important text of feminist movement. But what did she really mean by saying this? “With this line, and the entire book, Woolf has touched off one of the most important assertions of feminist literary criticisms. The oft-held argument that women produce inferior works of literature must necessarily be qualified by the fact of the circumstances of women. Unlike their male counterparts, they are routinely denied the time and the space to produce creative works. Instead, they are saddled with household duties and are financially and legally bound to their husbands. By being deprived of rooms of their own, there is little possibility for women to rectify the situation.” (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/roomofonesown/quotes.html)
Today, there is a wrong perception on the term “feminism”. Feminism defined as the radical understanding that women are people. It is a notion that where the men and women have access to same job opportunities, have her economic dependence and have the absolute control of her body. In short, feminism is to have equal rights with men. So,feminists aren’t the best enemies of men. They are not man haters. The only thing they have been looking for is to have rights as much as men.
One of the factors of the notion of feminism to be such a spooky and pushy concept is the media’s portrait of feminine power. What media consistently imposes us is the idea of to be a beautiful and sexy women in order to attract more men. The true feminism absolutely wouldn’t accept an obsessive approach where a woman’s worth is only calculated by her body and beauty. Media, here again, is twisting the fundamental principles of feminism and showing this term as a dangerous concept.
I’d like to finish my text by posting some quotes of Virginia Woolf in order to understand feminism clearly.
“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”
Why are women… so much more interesting to men than men are to women?