In a recent article, Holly Griggs Spall observes that women on the Pill have many potential problems to deal with, including health concerns, problems with relationships, psychological side-effects and more. She complains that a lack of feminism is the problem.
Why is it that we hear most about the side effects of the pill that directly impact men? It could be because science lacks
feminism. … In science, as in – one might say grandiosely – life, female hormones are seen as a hindrance.
Who the heck is Holly Griggs Spall, you might ask, and why am I only hearing about her just now?
Before I answer that, I would like to suggest a different answer to the question she poses. While I agree that society generally does see female hormones as a hindrance, I don’t believe women need more “feminism.”
What women really need is to contest the current understanding of “feminism.” In principle, “feminism” could mean any set of ideas and policies that promote the betterment and interests of women. A “feminist” could be anyone who advocates or works for the improvement in the lives of women.
Such an understanding of feminism is broad enough to include all kinds of people, male or female. It could include men or women who Read more…