“What is a woman’s place in this modern world? Jasnah Kholin’s words read. I rebel against this questions, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are wiling to challenge many of the assumptions of the past.
They ignore the greater assumption – that a “place” for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a simple conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be – by nature – a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood.
I say that there is no role for women – there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of a scholar; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither.
Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman’s role above another. My point is not to stratify our society – we have done that far too well already – my point is to diversify our discourse.
A woman’s strength should be not in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.”
Above is a quote from Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The #2) by Brandon Sanderson. Although this quote is based from a fictional world, I believe it can also apply directly to our own. It perfectly depicts a different view on feminism, one that I can relate very closely with my own view – there is no role for woman, nor is there a role for men. We are here to live! Why it is allowed that certain people are above and more deserving than others is beyond me.
I long to live in a world where we have finally stopped belittling others and realize that we are all equal. This book and the first are fantastically written and I absolutely recommend it to everyone. It delves deep into the social standards of a fictional world, really emphasizing the inequality in place.