Why Are We Raging?

August 16, 2015 Written By Toonika Guha

One may well be brought to ponder upon the idea as to why a blog written by a bunch of Feminists chooses to deliberately call itself "The Raging Feminists". Well, the reason behind this is the simple fact that as Feminists, we are raging, we are angry at the kind of patriarchal oppression we see around us, and we simply see no reason as to why we should hide our emotions. Does this make you uncomfortable? Good. Because it should.

Over centuries, the way patriarchy has made itself seem normal is its greatest strength behind its grasp over human civilization, right up to this day. Assigned gender roles, to sexist jokes, all contribute to enable patriarchy keep its stronghold. However, over the years, there have been individuals and groups who have often seen through this charade of normalcy and questioned such gendered state of things. Such questioning often disturbs this delicate balance that has been set, and thus these men and women are often written down and asked to be more "moderate" in their views and ideas, in hope that they will somehow unsee what they have been able to see through the strands of a patriarchal tapestry.

However, as a 21st century woman living in urban India, who identifies herself as a Feminist, I see no reason why I should mask my rage against oppression and patriarchy. I have realised that watering down my emotions in terms of these arguments only becomes a kind of compromise to make those who feel threatened by Feminist ideas comfortable, to make them feel like people like me, who seek gender equality seem less threatening to them. No more. We are serious, and do mean to be a threat to gender inequality.

Issues about gender are issues that I, and many others like me are concerned about and its time we made ourselves be heard, without censorship of our anger and rage at being discriminated against or being witness to discriminating based upon gender. It is time we stopped going gentle into the night. We must rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Why Are We Raging?

August 16, 2015 Written By Toonika Guha

One may well be brought to ponder upon the idea as to why a blog written by a bunch of Feminists chooses to deliberately call itself "The Raging Feminists". Well, the reason behind this is the simple fact that as Feminists, we are raging, we are angry at the kind of patriarchal oppression we see around us, and we simply see no reason as to why we should hide our emotions. Does this make you uncomfortable? Good. Because it should.

Over centuries, the way patriarchy has made itself seem normal is its greatest strength behind its grasp over human civilization, right up to this day. Assigned gender roles, to sexist jokes, all contribute to enable patriarchy keep its stronghold. However, over the years, there have been individuals and groups who have often seen through this charade of normalcy and questioned such gendered state of things. Such questioning often disturbs this delicate balance that has been set, and thus these men and women are often written down and asked to be more "moderate" in their views and ideas, in hope that they will somehow unsee what they have been able to see through the strands of a patriarchal tapestry.

However, as a 21st century woman living in urban India, who identifies herself as a Feminist, I see no reason why I should mask my rage against oppression and patriarchy. I have realised that watering down my emotions in terms of these arguments only becomes a kind of compromise to make those who feel threatened by Feminist ideas comfortable, to make them feel like people like me, who seek gender equality seem less threatening to them. No more. We are serious, and do mean to be a threat to gender inequality.

Issues about gender are issues that I, and many others like me are concerned about and its time we made ourselves be heard, without censorship of our anger and rage at being discriminated against or being witness to discriminating based upon gender. It is time we stopped going gentle into the night. We must rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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