I Am A Feminist (And I’m Not The Least Bit Ashamed To Be)

Happy Monday!

fem·i·nist, feminist: noun
1. a person who supports feminism.

But what is the definition of feminism?

fem·i·nism, feminism: noun
1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

Based on those definitions, I am a feminist. And I am not ashamed to be one. But if someone had asked me if I were a feminist back when I was 15 or 16, I would of denied any relationship with the word.

Why?

Because to me at that time, it meant being a “man-hater,” an activist, someone who was assertive or demanding. Someone who wanted to be better than men, or to make them seem obsolete. It’s clear to see that at that time, I had no idea what it truly meant. I’m happy to say I know better now.

I am a feminist because my rights should be equal to men. I shouldn’t have to work twice as hard to make less. I want to be a mother someday and I want my children to feel safe and proud of who they are in the world.

Because I am a college student who has been told that when I travel abroad next semester and get verbally or even physically harassed, I should just let it happen. Because I’ve been told that it’s common in that culture

No one would dare say that to my male counterparts. But to me, as a woman?  Well, sweetie, I guess it just happens, you’ll have to learn how to deal with it.

I shouldn’t have to walk in fear to my house every night when it is dark, or feel compelled to call someone, anyone, on my phone just in case something happens. I have to clutch my keys in my pocket, and remember the self-defense moves I learned on the Internet, just in case.

I am a feminist. And while I used to be ashamed of the word, I am no longer so.

And if you have a problem with it, that’s fine. I’d be more than happy to discuss certain ideas with you.

But please know that I am not planning on changing my ideas anytime soon. I am proud of who I am. And I hope one day all women can be proud of who they are too.