A few months ago a friend of mine was shocked to find out that I don’t consider myself a feminist. This is not because I do not think women are equal to men, but because I think the word has taken on a meaning that I do not agree with. I value and appreciate the efforts of women who have stood up for our rights in the past and gotten us to the place we are today. I also very much support these movements in countries and areas that are not yet as fortunate in this regard. But, like anything inherently positive, it can go too far. Our system isn’t perfect, but if there is one thing in this world I can’t stand it’s playing the victim.
Perhaps that’s why my gut reaction to the recent Jian Ghomeshi scandal was to side with him. I realize that there are people out there who will think that I’m a monster for not 100% supporting the women who claim they were abused, but what happened to innocent until proven guilty?