I was never a fan of feminism. The word itself left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. Why? Because feminism evoked images of enraged women who couldn't get anything done without yelling in the streets. I never saw it in Sri Lanka, but I saw Western women behaving badly - on TV. Those feminists frightened me. We didn't have much growing up, but I always knew I was the designer of my life and worked hard to get what I wanted. I didn't wait for a man to give me things or protect me. I had no idea I was supposed to be the "weaker sex." In those younger years, feminism was for weak white women who had money and education but were too lazy to get to work. Those of us who were third-world citizens and much lower down the socioeconomic ladder, worked. There was no other choice.
I decided to write this article because I felt we needed much more awareness about what is meant by 'feminism'. Feminists are sometimes despised for being "loud" and angry, but many victories are won not through polite discourse. The article outlines a historical overview, players in the current debate, such as, Rebecca Solnit, Mary Harrington, Sarah E. HIll, Melissa Broder and Anna-Marie Crowhurst and concludes with insights into the local culture and how women in Sri Lanka are unsuspecting victims of discrimination, simply because they are women.