feminist of the week: elisabeth paquette
Name: Elisabeth Paquette
Occupation: Administrative Assistant at VCU’s School of Business
Hometown: None. I grew up in 25 different homes across 5 countries on 3 continents.
Describe yourself in one word: Colourful
Why is feminism important to you?
Feminism is important to me because women are still paid less than men, most of the women in my life will be sexually assaulted, my daughters will be turned down for jobs and hit on by their bosses, and most people think feminists are overreacting even when women’s lives are on the line.
What problems do you see in our society?
Objectification of women’s bodies in the media, “feminine” insults to degrade men are common, and white cis male privileged obliviousness in general, just to name a few.
What is your favourite feminist quote?
‘Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.’ – Sheng Wang
What problems do you see within the feminist community regarding race?
Whenever feminism glances over racial intersectionality, much like when feminism ignores
trans-women, that feminism is incomplete and not serving to advance all women, just white cis women.
What do you think are good solutions for helping to defeat the patriarchal system that is in place?
Talk about feminism. Be angry. Explain patriarchal issues if you have a moment of patience. Educate your sons and daughters. Let rage fuel your passion for justice and change.