Feminism: If It Was That Easy, We’d All Be Doing It


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Jackie Johnson-Smith found this message written on her receipt after a restaurant meal with her family. During the meal, Johnson-Smith breastfed her baby and the waitress who wrote it, aware of the negative responses such behaviour sometimes provokes was moved to offer her support, stating that “We need to come together and support each other when it comes to nursing our children.

Johnson-Smith was so touched by Bodi Kinney’s gesture that she photographed the receipt and posted it on Facebook. Her full response is here, but the line that caught my heart was the last one.

…although I don’t need a pat on the back for feeding my child, it sure felt amazing. It is amazing how we women can make each other feel when we empower each other.

It reminded me that feminism was founded on principles of mutual support and the benefits of sharing experiences. Somehow that’s become lost, probably somewhere underneath the dust and debris that falls as we all desperately scramble for purchase on the increasingly crowded wall of ownership and academic superiority.

The truth is, we’ve over complicating it. It really is that easy, and as human beings, we should all be doing it.