I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side – Maya Angelou
There is an incredible misconception about what being a feminist means. It’s all too often thought of as being a dirty word or a man-hating agenda – all of which are far from the truth. Simply put, being a feminist is the equality among the sexes: socially, politically, legally, and economically. Of course, just like in anything, there are extremists who take it to another level that can distort the real meaning so that then it becomes the only thing people know it to be.
I am proud to be a woman. Sure, there are higher risks when it comes to being a woman. But we are in the midst of a political revolution. It’s easy to think that the nation has taken steps backward since the 2016 presidential election, and in some ways, we have. In spite of that, we are using our voices louder than ever like with the Women Marches and the teenagers speaking out about gun control in light of the horrific Parkland shooting.
Women are pretty freaking amazing and honestly, you wouldn’t be here without them.
Here is a small fraction of why I’m a feminist because:
- I’m constantly looking behind me when I’m walking alone at night and in daylight.
- Feminism still has a negative connotation.
- “Boys will be boys” is still a legitimate excuse for inappropriate behavior.
- Donald Trump said he walked in on naked teenagers during a pageant and said it was okay because he owned it. He has been accused several times of sexual assault and he is still the president.
- Human and sex trafficking is still an epidemic.
- Young girls are forced into marriage but denied the right to education in other countries.
- Women are shamed for wanting to be a mother and a wife and for not wanting to be a mother and a wife.
- Women are paid less than their male counterparts.
- Men are praised for having sex and women are shamed for having sex.
- A person’s preferred pronouns should be respected.
- Clothes are still the main blame for women being raped rather than blaming the rapist.
- Society says that men can’t wear makeup.
Abstinence in schools is the only form if any, of sex education as opposed to safe sex, and failure to teach safe sex for the LGBTQ+ community.
- Women have to pay an absurd price and taxes on period products and condoms are given out for free.
- Men are apprehensive to call themselves a feminist even if they believe in it.
- I was a senior in high school when I walked into class and a boy slapped my butt. I didn’t say anything because I was afraid I wouldn’t be believed. And so I sat there mortified and angry. I’m still mad about it.
- A woman is shamed for what she looks like no matter if she feels confident or not.
- Male nurses and stay-at-home-fathers are made fun of.
- The government is telling women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
- A woman expresses her anger and she’s asked if she’s on her period.
- Little boys are told to “man up” when they express emotion and told they do “[blank] like a girl” as an insult.
- Rape and abuse are still joked about.
- It is still shameful to breastfeed in public.
- Society teaches me not to get raped. Society does not teach people not to rape.
- Women are badass and unstoppable.
Women are incredible and have fought unapologetically hard for centuries to get to where we are now. Let’s celebrate women today and every day. Be a lady that helps your fellow ladies. Continue pressuring the media, the government, and the world for progress.
What’re some reasons why you’re a feminist or why you don’t prefer to call yourself a feminist?