When I was 13 I had an article published in our county newspaper about equal rights for women in the military. I didn’t realize it then but I was already a feminist. Let me be clear here and say that at 13, I had no idea what a feminist was. I was purely witnessing and hearing about imbalanced treatment and it was making me see red. And even at the age of 13, I needed to express that the only way I knew how, by writing a public article in the hopes of changing even just one person’s thought on equal rights.
Flash forward to 2011, someone said to me “oh god, are you one of those feminists?”. I didn’t know how to respond because I’ve never thought of myself in that way. I’ve never had to put a label on the way I felt. Was I a Feminist? Heck. Yes. However back then, being a Feminist had a negative tone surrounding it, even though it was just a few short years ago. Celebrities, Public Figures and Influencers were holding strong to the “I’m not a feminist” line, and as such so were the people. I responded to him by saying something along the lines of “yes, of course I am!” and he then said nothing and abruptly walked away. Buh Bye.
Jump to current day and you have Beyoncé singing in front of a jumbo screen with the words “Feminist” on it. And not so secretly, my heart skips a beat. I’m quickly seeing Feminism become trendy. From new books on being a feminist, to t-shirts, to fashionable websites, to celebrities all declaring “Yes, I am a Feminist”. Yes, I am a strong woman. Yes, I can do masculine things as a woman. Yes, I should be treated and paid equal.
A Feminist doesn’t look a certain way, we don’t hate every man that ever walked the earth, and we don’t think we are better than anyone else. We believe in equality, we believe in protection against rape, assault and harassment, we believe in your daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt, girlfriend and wife.
Yes, I’m Feminist as F#ck and you should be too.
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