I have been so lucky my entire life, to have been surrounded by inspiring and strong women. I’m even luckier to know what feminism is, and to have so many feminists in my life. But unfortunately, there are still people that don’t know what feminism really is, and what it means to call yourself one. So today, I thought I’d give you all a little insight into what it means to me, and why it’s so important.
I get my definition from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk:
(Brought to my attention by Beyonce’s Flawless)
FEMINIST: A PERSON WHO BELIEVES IN THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC EQUALITY OF THE SEXES.
Now obviously, with my mention of all of the strong women I am surrounded with, this isn’t helping the misconceptions that surround feminism. Feminism is not the hatred of men, or the belief that one sex is better than the other. It’s all about equality. Even today, in 2015, there still exists inequality between the sexes. Feminism is simply the want for equality. Unfortunately in many cases, women are not receiving the same treatment as men, and we want this to change. But that does not mean that we are not also here to support and fight for equality for men in situations where they are not receiving it.
For example, a feminist will want equal pay for men and women that have the same job, all the while, also wanting a man to be able to wear what he wants, for example makeup, or stereotypically ‘female’ clothes, without being shamed and called names.
It really is a shame that we are having to petition and bargain for equality even today, but I really do believe that one day we will all be living in the world that a feminist envisions. Every person will be treated equally, because that’s what we are, we are all people; there should be no discrimination; we should be valued as individuals, not based on our gender.
You can be a feminist, and still be straight. You can be a feminist and be a masculine man. You can be a feminist and enjoy when a man compliments you. You can be a feminist and have physical limits.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE, A GAY, BUTCH, MAN HATING WOMAN THAT NEVER ASKS FOR HELP FROM A MAN.
If you believe that the sexes should be treated equally, you’re a feminist.
I am more than happy to be a strong young woman, who stands up when I care about something. I own who I am, and I think all women should not be afraid to do the same.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like or what you believe if you’re good at something do it” Tyler Bygrave – 2015
I would love it if only one person changes their mind about feminism because of this post. I’d be even prouder if someone considered themselves a feminist because this has opened their eyes. Let me know what feminism means to you, and who your influencers are.