It’s one of those words that’s been around for a long time. It’s the one people have trouble defining because it means different things to different people. It’s one I really didn’t have any use for… until I started using it.
When I was in high school, circa partying like it was 1999 (cuz it was), I occasionally would hear the F word get thrown around. No one liked it. No one wanted to hear it. It was often met with attitude or a rolling of the eyes. Going with the flow and not really understanding I too dismissed the word. Not in my vocabulary, F word!
And in recent years, especially now, it’s become a big deal again. I hear it on the street, I read it in magazines, I hear it conversations with friends. And it is very much in my vocabulary.
For the longest time it was synonymous with man-bashing or man-hate. Women who wanted to “be” the man. It was perceived with an ‘I can do it myself’ attitude. Feminism had a bad rap.
Did you read that definition? Read it again… and again. “advocating...rights of women equal to those of men”.
As I’ve increased my age, and knowledge, it’s become a word that not only do I understand, truly understand, it’s also one I will fight for. You want to call me a feminist? Please do!
Feminism isn’t being one of the boys. It’s being the SAME as the boys. It means our pay is the same. It means the laws are the same. It means that for once in this country, one is not better, or more valued, or more important, or more worthy, than the other.
To quote one badass woman's opinion on this subject...
"Feminism... I think the simplest explanation, and one that captures the idea, is a song that Marlo Thomas sang, 'Free to be You and Me.' Free to be, if you were a girl—doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. Anything you want to be. And if you’re a boy, and you like teaching, you like nursing, you would like to have a doll, that’s OK too. That notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers—man-made barriers, certainly not heaven sent." - RBGSo, yes. I consider myself a feminist. And although some may roll their eyes, or refuse to listen, I will wear this badge of honor proudly because not only do I deserve it, but future generations deserve it as well.