This post is a little bit different than the rest. However, with the abortion laws currently being passed, I felt the need to re-share and slightly expand on a post I had put on Instagram.
Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
Based on this definition, I would expect more people to call themselves feminists. However, this word seems to be filled with negativity. People have this idea that a feminist, or just a female, should act or look a certain way.
I want to help change the way people view the word feminist. And the way people view and treat women. I want to start by simply stating, I am a feminist . I am happy, will wear and act how I like I want, and can do anything I set my mind to. And so can you.
Additionally, I feel feminism is important now more than ever because men are creating laws that make women lose rights to their own bodies. A baby takes two people to create, but the laws being passed are only punishing the women. Instead, the focus should be on improving the countries sex education and the foster care system. We all should be able to make our own choices and it is important that women stand up for themselves. We still need to speak out and take action regarding women’s rights. Many people think men and women are treated equally, but there are still major differences.
Lastly, I want to leave you with my favorite Tedx Talk on Feminism: Click Here
If for some reason you do not feel like watching a 30 minute video (even though I highly recommend it), I have quoted some of the main points below… which you may recognize from Beyoncé’s song.
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to each other as competitors, not for jobs or for accomplishments which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”
-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie