Now Teach Feminist Version

(14 Posts)
FloraFox Tue 22-Nov-16 20:25:40

Inspired by the news articles about Lucy Kellaway becoming a teacher - if you could pack in your job and do a job that makes an impact from a feminist perspective, what would you do?

KickAssAngel Tue 22-Nov-16 20:31:33

I am a teacher, so got that covered (sort of. Not sure how effective I am).

But - if I had loads of money, like billions & billions, I would hire lobbyists and lawyers not only to campaign for better equality laws, but also to have a lawyer follow me round and every time there was even a sniff of inequality, they'd slap them with a lawsuit. And I'd keep doing that until everywhere I went people would quake in fear at the idea of saying/doing anything to promote inequality.

FloraFox Tue 22-Nov-16 20:34:19

smile love it. I was thinking a bit more down to earth but hey - dream big or go home!

KickAssAngel Tue 22-Nov-16 20:38:24

I'd be a bit worried that I'd end up prosecuting myself, though. I hate how often I find myself spouting stereotypical crap.

Still, if I had my time over, I think I might go into law and do equality law.

VestalVirgin Wed 23-Nov-16 19:09:44

If I could find jobs as literature translator, I would at least make sure that books are not made less feminist in the translation.

(I saw it happen. Think along the lines of turning a female doctor into a nurse - not quite as obvious, but similar.)

Prawnofthepatriarchy Wed 23-Nov-16 19:41:23

I'd go into law too. I was advised to become a barrister back in the dim and distant past but became a journalist instead.

ChocChocPorridge Wed 23-Nov-16 19:41:48

I think primary or nursery school teacher has to be the ultimate...

I was a bit worried about my school after some comments about my two DSes from other parents (nothing big - just offering to swap tombola gifts, or saying that I'd want to stamp on DS2's favourite colour being pink) - but the other day DS2's nursery teacher (who I'd thought a bit of a dragon, but it turns out is fantastic and lovely - but no-nonsense) showed me some pictures of dress up time - where nearly all the boys and girls had picked sparkly princess costumes (one cowboy, one power ranger - boy and girl) - she was neither gleeful or disparaging, she was just rejoicing in the adorable 3 year olds she gets to look after.

I think that money being no object, that's what I would do - I like kids.

rivierliedje Wed 23-Nov-16 21:11:04

That's lovely Choc.

At work I see quite a few refugees as patients and it has surprised me how much feminist stuff I get to put in. I do quite a lot of discussing contraception with women who've never had access to it before and explaining the law on FGM to those from countries where the FGM rate is almost 100%.

I think equality law would be fascinating.

Prawnofthepatriarchy Thu 24-Nov-16 16:11:52

Gareth Pierce, human rights lawyer, is one of my heroes. She has the most beautiful voice too.

FloraFox Fri 25-Nov-16 00:11:05

Very interesting. I'm a lawyer thinking Biut something more useful to do and others are thinking it would be more useful to be a lawyer. I'll have to think about this.

ICJump Fri 25-Nov-16 06:34:22

I'm slowly going about become a mother health worker. I'll get nursing qualifications and more serious breastfeeding ones, work in practice then aim to move into policy/lobbying/advocacy

TheVermiciousKnid Fri 25-Nov-16 08:46:30

If I could find jobs as literature translator, I would at least make sure that books are not made less feminist in the translation.

I used to work for a small publishing company (non-fiction), doing everything involved in producing the final manuscript. I took great delight in changing 'he' (when referring to a member of a particular profession) to 'he/she'.

I now work in women's health related research. I've never really thought about in what way it has an explicitly feminist impact; to me, my feminist beliefs are closely interwoven in what I do and how I think and approach my work. I work in a field in which a feminist approach is almost taken for granted, or is at least not a great shock to anybody. So it's never really felt like a struggle to make a feminist view point heard or to take an explicitly feminist approach to my research. And hopefully it has some positive impact on some women's lives.

WeDONTneedanotherhero Sat 26-Nov-16 17:01:07

I feel incredibly lucky as I work in a very feminist field. I'm a child sexual exploitation practitioner and trainer/lecturer. So I am able to take a feminist standpoint in my direct work with exploited children and young people as well as deliver training and lectures on the subject to professionals and university students. I also am writing a few chapters for an academic CSE book. I couldn't imagine doing working in non VAWG field.

Leila78 Sat 26-Nov-16 19:05:25

I'd be a full-time anti-porn campaigner.

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