While it may appear that the feminist movement has made great strides over the past few decades, Garbage front woman Shirley Manson thinks the pendulum has actually been swinging in the opposite direction over the past number of years.
“Why any woman would want to divorce themselves from the idea of equality is beyond my understanding,” she told Australian news show “7.30” in a new interview, explaining that she’s seen conservatism sweep the world following 9/11.
“With September 11 I think the world got really conservative,” she said. “And whenever the world gets conservative, women get affected.”
She added: “There’s definitely a global movement towards eradicating women’s rights. You’ll see it in Poland, you’ll see it in Argentina, you’re seeing it in the States. I mean, it’s just everywhere.”
Ultimately, Manson blames the complacency of women for their hard-fought rights being eroded.
“I think that’s a result, in some ways, of a generation that followed the ’90s, and women took for granted their rights, their human rights,” she said. “[They] thought they were there to stay, not really understanding that human rights get eroded constantly and you always have to be really vigilant to make sure that these rights that women have fought so hard for remain in place.”
Instead, she added, “we got a whole generation of young women who maybe thought they were living in the Garden of Eden. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong or what’s happened but they divorced themselves from the idea of feminism.”