Why We Should All Be Feminists


 
I am a feminist. I have identified as such since I was sixteen and first introduced the reality of our lives as women. Before this age I would often feel confused as to why I wasn’t allowed to play baseball with the boys in PE and had to play softball instead or why it was only the girls that were ever asked by our elderly male art teacher to clean the paint pots after class. I wondered, but I never questioned it.


Upon being introduced to the concept of feminism I started to notice these little things around me that also went unquestioned. Why was it that when my male friends were late to class because their PE class ran over they were excused, but when I was late because I was in textiles I was not? Why were the boys in my tutor group able to openly talk about sex, but as soon as we mention anything remotely sexual we are asked to “not be so foul”? Why were we constantly told that our skirts were inappropriate as they ridded up a millimetre above our knees as we stood up from our seats? These things, among others, confused me. I had assumed that men and women were equal – we can both be educated, have jobs, be homemakers, etc – but if that was the case then why do we still feel worse off? Despite what many may think, we are still marginalised and inferior. As a feminist, my aim is to do what I can to change this.
I think women that don’t identify as feminists have a different perception of what feminism is and by the way the media often presents us, I’m not entirely surprised. The word ‘feminist’ has been twisted into something negative by the likes of conservative figureheads such as Piers Morgan and Tomi Lahren. It has been made into something that can connote victimisation and anger. People won’t identify as feminists because they think feminists like to “play the victim” despite the fact we “already have rights”. To those people I say: great, that’s fine, but what about all the other women out there that need support? What about the women who don’t get an education simply because they are women? What about the women who are sold into marriages just so their families can afford to eat?
Some women won’t identify as feminists because there are stereotypes and conventions that shape us as a subculture. Us feminists must all be white, hairy, angry, entitled, short haired lesbians, right? Wrong. We are anyone that believes in equal rights for everyone. We are women, we are men and every gender in between. We are LGBT+. We are black, we are white. We are rich, we are poor. We are eastern, we are western. We are Muslim, we are Christian. We are advocates for change, even if you don’t think there is a change that needs to be made.
I love to hear all your opinions, so feel free to let me know what you think in the comments!
Georgia Megan x
 
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  2. Well said Georgia! Feminists have brought about many positive changes in society. It's hard not to acknowledge what feminism stands for at its core. Totally enjoyed reading this x

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  3. You're probably right that the definition can vary and it carries a stereotype with it too.

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  4. This post was very written and I definitely agree with what you said! X

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  5. Completely agree with this, I think the term feminist has been twisted into something ugly and very misunderstood, great post. Eloquently written and it echoes my own feelings on the subject which I have never been able to put into words! Awesome post xxx

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  6. You got the point! We should be femininst because a world where women support women would be much better xx
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