Women unbound I can’t resist. I’m joining the Women Unbound Reading Challenge, reading nonfiction and fiction books related to  ‘women’s studies.’ Yes, that’s broad, and encompasses biographies, memoirs, essays by women, classics written by women, and topics like motherhood and body image. I’m not putting together a reading list, at least not yet, but I’m choosing the Bluestocking level, reading 5 books, at least two of which will be non-fiction. The challenge began on November 1 and will end November 30, 2010. I think this’ll be it for challenges though, at least for now.

To start the challenge, there were a few questions.

  1. What does feminism mean to you? Does it have to do with the work sphere? The social sphere? How you dress? How you act?
  2. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
  3. What do you consider the biggest obstacle women face in the world today? Has that obstacle changed over time, or does it basically remain the same?

I don’t know the answers to those questions, but for me, I guess it boils down to respect. I believe that women should be respected as being equal to men, but the differences between the sexes should be respected, too. Women’s individual choices need to be respected, both in their personal and public lives and we need to respect each other, especially. Sometimes I know I judge other women harshly, quickly, for not living up to who I think they should be.

Am I a feminist if I want a man to open the door for me, but to know that he knows I am perfectly capable of doing it myself?