Five Questions for a Feminist: Catherine Le Poidevin

Throughout 2017, we are going to introduce our followers to the One Woman Project team by asking them five feminist-related questions. First up we have Catherine Le Poidevin.

What is your name and your role with the One Woman Project?

Hey I'm Cat and I'm the chief conference coordinator for the bi-annual feminist celebrations at OWP!

What does feminism mean to you?

Feminism isn't as much an ideology as it is a conversation and critique of the inequality we face. That means it isn't a judgemental or hateful movement and it doesn't have solid solutions to problems. It's designed to reevaluate what's going on in our lives and assist us make better decisions by offering a different way of thinking about all manner of things.

I think feminism is a rhetoric not a prescriptive set of rules. 

What personal experience drew you to feminism? Why did you become a feminist?

As a teenager I had a tough time coming to terms with the way cis men and cis women saw each other. I couldn't wrap my head around why there was pressure on cis women to be feminine and why cis women hated themselves. I couldn't understand why they would objectify other women and in turn would feel the need to perform their femininity "better" or just as well as the women around them.

I was about 16 when something shifted and my entire world view fell to pieces. 

I was also raised by a stay at home dad and struggled when confronted by my friends fathers or older brothers who were pressured into being the provider in the family, the gendered view of family labor unsettled me. 

What is your biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality?

My main jam is men in feminism as well as destigmatising the term "feminist". I'm interested in women's and men's gender issues and how damaging the gender binary can be. 

If there was one feminist resource that you wish everyone would read or view, what would it be?

My favourite feminist film is called The Mask You Live In. I also really enjoyed Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy.