“I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side.”
The F word is a difficult word to say without some implied meaning whether it be good or bad, but mostly bad. People winch at the word. People whisper the word in conversation or use it loudly as an insult among many other ways it’s said. Why?
Feminist is not a bad word.
Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Mindy Kaling, Sophia Amoruso, Beyonce Knowles, Michelle Wie and others, say it with me, we are feminists! Feminists are not the men hating, bra-burning, unshaven angry stereotype. Feminists are aware of the obstacles we face being women in the workplace, like Sheryl Sandberg. Feminists know that sometimes the choices we have to make are the lesser of two evils, like Hilary Clinton. Feminists are strong, caring and passionate leaders like Oprah Winfrey. We are funny, confident and cute like Mindy Kaling. Feminists are successful CEOs like Sophia Amoruso. We are diverse in age and talents like Michelle Wie. Feminists are beautiful working mothers like Beyonce Knowles. Feminists aren’t just celebrities, politicians or athletes, we are also teachers, doctors, attorneys, stay-at-home moms, high school students and young ladies. Men can be feminists, why not? We stand together not for just females but for everybody.
There is a new feminist movement on the rise. Everyday I see a new online article promoting feminism, although it doesn’t outright say, “Long live feminism!” Check out Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and Ban Bossy campaigns. Also see Always’ Like a Girl movement. Feminists today are defining ourselves without having to use the word, feminist. We don’t have to, but why not? It’s the elephant in the room. If the nonuse of the actual word itself promotes it more, shouldn’t I be satisfied? No. I simply want the word to be used in today’s new movement to shine a new light on the word. I want it to be treated less like the F word and more like the empowering word it is.
What does the word, feminist, mean to you? Are you a feminist? Shouldn’t we all be? We all have mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and female friends so shouldn’t we want the best for them and ourselves? If you agree that women and men should have equal rights and equal opportunities, then you are a feminist.
I am a feminist. If you are also a feminist, state it below in a comment.