Does your feminism dare greatly?

I was first introduced to Brene Brown’s work watching her TEDtalk on the Power of Vulnerability. When I heard about Daring Greatly it went on my to-read list. The title is based on a speech given by President Theodore Roosevelt.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Sometimes I wonder how much of the general dislike for feminists is that we tend to be seen as the critics. Yes, we critique, but do we dare greatly too?

What does feminism that dares greatly look like? What does it do?

To me, feminism was never just about telling everyone how to do things differently, but improving ourselves and making way in a society that strove to subjugate the ‘others’ that we are. An other is anyone who doesn’t want to adhere to what society tells them they have to be. So, feminists should be doing the deeds of making way for others, we should strive and err and strive again. We may never reach success.

It’s the not the success or defeat that matters, though, it’s the standing in the arena and trying. I’m not particularly great at that, myself. That’s part of the reason why I picked up Daring Greatly in the first place. We have to be willing to be vulnerable to dare greatly. We have to dare greatly to triumph.

Have you read Daring Greatly yet? Share your thoughts on it with me or follow along on Kindle!

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4 thoughts on “Does your feminism dare greatly?

  1. Seriously, most people aplaud equal rights for women so far as possible (men and women are different), but in the West, these rights are achieved. Many so-called feminists are simply man – haters. Feminists seem oblivious to Islam’s cruel treatment of women. Feminists are always vocal supporters of abortion. What’s to like?

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    1. They’re actually not achieved. There still are lots of problems in the West, abortion is only one of them. Many non-feminists are also in support of abortion. We are not oblivious to Islam, there’s only so much we can do. A little research (like reading Half the Sky or All the Rebel Women or visiting the Kiva groups) would show that there are plenty of feminists doing work to advance the cause of women in Islamic countries as well as the many African countries that are just as cruel. It doesn’t get a lot of press, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. It’s a movement that consists of more than one organization, we are everywhere and working for equality in all kinds of ways.

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