"Secondly, it means understanding that a woman's rights over her own body are the wellspring of all her other rights, and without total agency over that - I predominantly mean reproduction - everything else is meaningless.
"So those are the two principles I'd go to the wall for. But more generally, in culture, I still see all around me the expectation of women that we be quieter than men, more discreet, less appetitive, prettier and more decorative to have around, less opinionated, less bolshy, less demanding, less alive. We are still, after all these years, valued above all for our self-effacement. And this is horseshit, ladies! Who wants to be less alive?"
Feminism is there to remind women that we are all equals.
Feminism is vital because we still earn 20% less than men, because old men are allowed on telly but women aren't and because magazines make being a woman a minefield of dysmorphia- and because things are still not EQUAL.
Feminism means walking in the shoes you want to wear in the direction you want to go."