Monday, October 02, 2006

5 things that Feminism has done for me

October is Women's History Month! As you may know, the folks at ProgBlogs have started a "meme"-around to commemorate the festivities and to fight-back against the attacks on the Status of Women Canada. As such, I've been tagged by the brilliant Polly at Marginal Notes. Here goes...
  1. I work and earn enough to take care of myself. Right now I am a postdoc in medical physics (alas, still mostly a "XY" type of profession, but we'll gripe about that another day).
  2. I am 32 and my family consists of me, my husband and a middle-to-later aged cat: thanks to feminism, that's as big as my family's going to get (sorry, Mom)!
  3. Eyes-wide-open: thanks to feminism, I am better equipped to identify the oppression of "the other" and I try my best to be as inclusive and sympathetic/empathetic as possible. I want the same equality-of-results for others that I have gained through feminism (through the hard work of the women and men before my time!)
  4. I'm a surviving member of the "6%" that Polly mentioned. I won't elaborate here yet (way too painful).
  5. My partner in life: my amazing husband is a proud feminist. He stuck by me through the agony of gradschool and even put his own dreams on 'pause' while I finished. He is now 36 and starting his own PhD.
Thank you for reading :) I will echo Polly and beg that you go over to Pamusement's site and read her op-ed. Then go visit the other wonderful entries at ProgBlogs.

Thanks so much to Scott Tribe, Jeff and Pamusement for really getting the ball rolling on this one. I've been kind of down-for-the-count lately and some of these entries have brought tears to my eyes. Honestly!


Blogger Procrastinatrix said...

Hey good post.

I was tagged by Polly too. I am a graduate student and included some graduate studentish comment in my 5 things.


10/02/2006 9:20 PM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Thanks, Rose! Great post, yourself! Thanks for contributing to the "5 things" meme. I'm so impressed with all of the contributions.

PS: Good luck with the rest of your time in grad school!!

10/03/2006 12:38 AM  
Blogger Polly Jones said...

Where are you people finding these pro-feminist husbands?

I'm taking a bus out of Calgary tonight...ok, maybe not tonight...

Thanks for doing the meme.

Keep strong. Recently, I've taken to closing the books and sobbing on the couch for parts of the day. Hey, another upside to feminism is redefining what it means to be strong!

10/03/2006 12:49 AM  
Blogger Procrastinatrix said...

They are out there. Mine developed a strong respect for all women because of his mom and nan. Both strong ladies who endured hardships, very matriarchal, but very loving and caring.

I met him in Edmonton where we were both in grad school. He's with me now on the east coast.

10/03/2006 10:25 AM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Hi Polly!

I have no idea how I lucked out with the husband. I didn't date at all until I went to UofGuelph for undergrad. I met the 'other half' in first yr. physics for dummies (he was 23 y/o and a 'mature student'; I was just freaked out by physics and I'd dropped it in high-school. Now I'm a medical physicist and I still feel like the world's biggest dummy in physics! When will it end?!?).

Anyway. I don't know where they 'make' feminist men. I'm beginning to wonder if growing up with a strong mom helps; my husband's mother is awesome and a great feminist herself. I have no idea.

Sorry for the useless dating advice. I suck that that! If I ever figure out where they keep all of the good guys I will post a google map and driving directions. Promise!

Keep up the great blog! Love Marginal Notes :) *hugs* GDK

10/04/2006 10:22 PM  

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