Iâ€™m not a feminist, but...
Samantha Wray-McCann | On 01, May 2014
Bafflement is a fun word to use. It is also the word that describes my state of mind when women completely dissociate themselves with the â€˜fâ€™ word in fear of being ridiculed.
But I will say it. Iâ€™m a feminist and proud to be.
Iâ€™m over hearing, â€˜Iâ€™m not a feminist, butâ€¦â€ But what? Do you believe women should get the same pay as men? Do you believe women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think men and women deserve equal rights? Yes? Great, then youâ€™re a feminist.
When did feminism become embarrassing? I get irritated that the word has become poisoned and shunned. That itâ€™s constantly met with groans and ignorant â€˜hear we goâ€™sâ€™.
There seems to be this stereotypical, yet completely fabricated definition of a female feminist that makes women not want to identify with the movement. You know the one Iâ€™m talking about. The slightly overweight, aggressive and bra burning woman with unshaven armpits and a delicate fuzz occupying her upper lip. You might find her with the rest of her feminist hussies playing darts where the target is a cut off penis, testicles and all.
Okay, Iâ€™m being slightly overdramatic for effect, but you get the picture. This fake connotation of what a feminist is completely misrepresents the movement. Feminism is not about hating men, or women becoming the superior sex. Feminism is about equality – that men and women are equal in all areas of life. When you start to think of feminism in this way and ignore the stereotypes that fill the media, I think most can agree, who wouldnâ€™t be a feminist?
I do understand the unreasonable embarrassment that some young women have with being called a feminist. I remember for most of my high school days I would feel embarrassed to call out misogyny; I didnâ€™t want to be labeled as that complaining, feminist girl. But the truth now is, Iâ€™m going to call it out until Iâ€™ve been heard. Until I witness a change in society where men and women are equal.
I know itâ€™s more comfortable to hide behind the disclaimer, â€œIâ€™m not a feminist, butâ€¦â€ But it is feminism that got us to where we are today and by stopping the movement now we arenâ€™t going to get much further. So if you believe that vaginas are equal to penises, I challenge you to stand up and apart from the crowd and acknowledge that you are a feminist. No ifs and no buts.
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