I first heard about this new social media platform when I was seventeen. It was a bigger hit than hi5 — which was doing rather well with the teens around me at the time. It was all the buzz in just a few months and simpler to use than most of the existing choices. With a simple layout, easy-to-use features to add friends and photos and write on each other’s walls, it became very popular. It was called Facebook.
Every time that I tell a man that I am a feminist, he usually shudders and backs away a bit, or raises his eyebrows and says something like “Oh, you don’t seem like the type.” So this my way of clearing the fog that’s around feminism and what it means to me.
This is my humble attempt to show you that feminism is not scary, irrelevant or unnecessary.
So what does feminism mean?
Google defines feminism as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
I find the Wikipedia definition more precise and wholesome.
Today we live in a world that was unthinkable a century ago. We travel long distances in a shorter time, we speak to people who are miles away from us, and we can access all the information about the world through a palm-sized device in our pockets.
These great inventions have also brought about pollution problems, traffic snarls, sewage and sanitary problems, and global warming. Now more than ever, we need to live smarter.
Fast forward 30–35 years, our cities will be interconnected units of technological innovation. …