Feminism is more than a flashy word in lights beyond one of most critically acclaimed and hottest entertainers. It’s more than styling yourself like Rosie the Riveter and rocking a pose. It’s a movement. Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Sometimes it gets the negative view point that its man hating and bra burning (let me tell you something as feminist who buys her own bras I don’t plan to burn them any time soon) or that you can’t be a feminist and still have what’s viewed as “girly girl” ideas. Well, I am here to say that’s all wrong. Feminism and the word Feminist have been brought to light by Beyoncé and a few other celebs. However, it’s viewed as an ugly f-word, a word of empowerment or a title no one really wants.
I am here to say I. Am. A. Feminist. Wait don’t stop reading! Seriously. I believe in equality in all spaces and I think males are a women’s greatest ally in the fight for equality, right after other women. As a society we create a norm, so only we can change it and it won’t happen by putting one another down. We need to have more of a “you rise and I rise too” type of mindset. We should work together to achieve equal pay and rights so that we can all reap the benefits.
As a feminist, I support a women’s right to be a women in whatever way that may mean for her. And I hope that fellow feminist would say they support me in the same way. When I was first introduced to feminism and women’s issues on a cold, first of spring semester day at Trinity University, my eyes were opened to the need for feminism now. It’s not over because we can vote. What’s the point of voting when many women lose their voices being trafficked around the world daily? So to those that think that feminism is over, it’s not. There’s still work to be done. There is still much need raising the standard for safety, equality, for young girls in this society to feel comfortable in their own skin. This would avert many psych issues such as eating disorders, depression, and body dimorphism early on if we use our voices for positivity.
However, it’s more than just a word. It’s a movement. It affects lives and changes history. It’s good to see celebrities putting it out there, but they also have to back it with all the knowledge and stand strong on that platform.
Even though I am a feminist, I do shave, wear make-up, bake, and have a love for glitter and eye liner. Still, I believe I shouldn’t be defined by what I wear or that my gender is my worth. My hard work and dedication should speak for me and I shouldn’t have to fear telling someone no or make up a lie and say I’m in a relationship, when I’m not, just to avoid hurting their feelings or being physically hurt. Those are just a few of the reasons that I’m proud to say I am a feminist and that feminism is needed. However, I am also a lovely lady who stands by her partner and trusts in her faith. I just know that I am more than a woman and society should see me as such.