In a recent interview with Charles Ramsey, the man who saved three women who had been missing for a decade, he was asked how he felt about all the attention he was getting from media outlets.
“I don’t even want it.”
Ramsey went on to say that he’s human and that he did what he did because it was the right thing to do. He seems to have the very admirable mindset that we, as humans, have a duty to do the right thing for others. We shouldn’t behave in an ethical manner so that we can get rewarded for it; we should do it because it is a thing that decent human beings would do.
Essentially, what I think everyone can take from Ramsey’s case is that we should not expect cookies or medals for treating others the way they deserve to be treated, and I think this ties almost perfectly into feminism.
I don’t write for this blog for the attention that comes with it, and I don’t identify as a feminist so I can earn brownie points from that. I combat the patriarchy because it is a system that oppresses many groups that differ from straight, white, cisgender, able-bodied men, and helping to liberate others from oppression is the right thing to do.