Feminism an Approach

First steps to find a personal opinion and understanding

Feminism and women’s rights, that’s a difficult subject. Well, perhaps not difficult but there are so many angles and perspectives that it’s a bit tricky to talk about all of it at once. So I am going to make a start and bit by bit there shall enroll a picture.

First thought

One thing that for me is kind of hard to explain is the distinction between gender or sex or just women and man. I like look at people as humans. And that means for me, there are women and men, perhaps there are different colored people but they have the same possibilities and rights by law. Thankfully I am in Europe and women are according to the law equal. That’s a good start.

Thinking a bit further

Is there discrimination agains women? Well. Of course there are some people I prefer to others. So yes, I discriminate. Thinking about the discrimination I commit, I have to say, that I tend to prefer people who’s culture is close to my own. So, if I don’t know something, I wonder and tend to reject the unknown. Normal, you say? Well, yes and no. Because that is where discrimination starts.

So is discrimination per se bad? No, certainly not. But there is wishful thinking. I want to be better than I am. We all have values and opinions how things should be. And people who don’t share them are discriminated against. Still, in other cases we discriminate by giving someone special support. We often do that in order to help and make them equal.

Next step

Equality is an other very difficult term for me. I know that we are all equal in front of the law, that’s really good. But as human beings, we are very different. Or lets say it differently, we are individuals. That sounds much better.

It is true there are men and women. Feminism did a lot in order to allow women to be respected as equal by law and big parts of society. So nowadays we can profit of feminists work. There are still differences and certainly injustice but it is much better. We live in a quite good place but we have to make sure that it stays like it and bit by bit might get better. So step by step I will go ahead thinking, considering …

Santa Maria la Blanca 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Santa Maria la Blanca 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
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Spring – time for flowers

Spring in Andalusia is just great. So many flowers, so much life, so much of everything… Everywhere, on roofs, in little corners, entire fields, ditches, just everywhere small and bigger flowers are growing and showing their beauty.

Here a few photos for you. I took them yesterday on a Sunday trip to nearby Aracena. The Lavendel is particularly nice this year.

Aracena 5 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena 5 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena 4 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena 4 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena 3 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena 3 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena 2 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena 2 in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld
Aracena in April 2016 © by D.Schönfeld

Holy Week

Holy Week or Semana Santa, Easter is coming soon. The first processions are out and about. A little bit of madness is there for sure but that’s not the main part of it. The important thing is to be out there. You have to feel it, share it, sense the atmosphere… Happy Easter! In Spain the chocolate eggs and easter bunnies are not as important. Here in Andalusia we eat Torrijas or Pestiños, sweet and yummy.

Semana Santa by D. Schönfeld © 2016
Semana Santa by D. Schönfeld © 2016

Seville and Azahar

Now Seville smells lovely. The orange trees are in flower and the blossoms give the air a lovely scent. It is called Azahar.

At the moment you’ll find still ripe oranges on the trees but there are also the first flowers. Actually lots trees are full of blossoms and more and more are blooming. And that is what you smell walking through town, streets and parks. It is very enjoyable, still not too hot but the warmth is noticeable and so enjoyable. Spring is in the air. You can feel it.

Orange blossom by D. Schönfeld © 2016
Orange blossom by D. Schönfeld © 2016

Catholic Spain

In Spain there are so many churches and there are many catholic holidays… the next will be Semana Santa or holly week. In Seville you see and hear the preparations. Last weekend a couple of bands practiced in a nearby square. But it wasn’t just a rehearsal neighbors came along, a bar was open and everybody had a good time.

Carmona 4 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Carmona 4 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016

On Sunday on my weekly excursion I went to Carmona. It is close to Seville, nice bars, nice people… I went into a church, just to have a look. And what I saw there was just amazing. Have a look.

Carmona 3 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Carmona 3 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Carmona 2 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Carmona 2 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Carmona 1 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Carmona 1 by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016

Día de Andalucia

Well, we are all here in Sevilla, it is the capital of Andalusia. And last Sunday was the holiday of the region, the Day of Andalusia. It is celebrated February 28 and commemorates the February 28. In 1980 a referendum on the Statue of Autonomy of Andalusia took place, in which the Andalusian electorate voted for the statute that made Andalusia an autonomous region of Spain.

Azulejos de Malaga by D. Schönfeld © 2016
Azulejos de Malaga by D. Schönfeld © 2016

So that is what I did with my photo of an “azulejo”, I printed it on a cover for my mobile phone. It looks great and is really easy. You can use any photo you like. And you can do the same… have fun!

my cover by D.Schönfeld © 2016
my cover by D.Schönfeld © 2016

Women in the Fruit Shop

Shopping in Sevilla is still women’s business. Today I went to the local fruit shop, just around the corner to buy fruit and vegetables. I get there honey from the region, too.

The shop assistant is from Huelva, Sierra del Norte. She is really nice but today I realized how many people who live in my “barrio” are actually from Huelva or from the Extremadura. It is amazing. They live in Seville but they still consider themselves part of their villages or regions. Seville is only the place where they happen to work or be or…

old shop in the center by D.Schönfeld © 2016
old shop in the center by D.Schönfeld © 2016

It sounds old fashioned but here they chat in the shops a lot. So after they talked about their dependents and the differences in their pronunciation, the subject changed and they started to talk about men and how much relationships changed. It is true during the last 30 years the roll of women in society changed a lot. One women, she might be about 45, said that it is sad how unreflected women see their new position and roll. Not easy to take.

orange in Seville by D.Schönfeld © 2016
orange in Seville by D.Schönfeld © 2016

I love doing the shopping here in the small shops. They sell local products or do them themselves. The bakery here doesn’t use prepared frozen dough, they mix it themselves and tell you what they put in. You can see it the size and form might change a bit. In the end I think we all should appreciate more what we have.

 

 

Book Club – The Children Act

A book club is a great opportunity to talk about a book, its author and of course the story with its protagonists. That’s exactly what we did today. The author Ian McEwan and the book The Children Act. The protagonist a women in a man’s job, lots of responsibility, problems in her marriage, a personal crisis and the challenge to decide on a child’s future. Not easy and still… A great book that lead us in a good discussion that showed points and angles we didn’t see before. Wonderful. I am looking forward to the next book to read.

Impression of Sevilla xx by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Impression of Sevilla xx by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Sevilla by D. Schönfeld © 2016
Impression of Sevilla by D. Schönfeld © 2016

Storm and Closed Park

To plan a Tuesday outing to the park is nice. On my way I enjoyed the blue sky and the sun.

cold winter day © D. Schönfeld 2016
cold winter day © Dorothea Schönfeld 2016

Weather forecast was for sun and cold… both very true but last days sorts and winds worried the authorities… all ways into the park were closed. No way to get in. So we changed the plans… Anyway our coffee – with a view to the park – was nice and warm.

Saturday before the storm by Dorothea Schönfeld © 2016
Saturday before the storm by D. Schönfeld © 2016

orange trees without fruit © D. Schönfeld 2016

After the storm is no fruit left on the threes. We took a look at the riverside instead. And there we saw the danger… Oranges over oranges…

danger on the ground © D. Schönfeld 2016
danger on the ground © Dorothea Schönfeld 2016