There is some strong language in this post, so please read with discretion.
I have posted many posts about my feminist views, but I have never actually explained why I am a feminist in the first place. Let’s alter that right now.
I am a feminist because it should be my right to choose what I will and won’t do, and not have anyone tell me what I can or can’t do.
I am a feminist because I should have sole discretion on what to do with my body, not a governmental body that is 80% male.
I am a feminist because everyone should have the right to marry who they love, no matter their gender, race, or any other factors.
I am a feminist because society tells me that my greatest accomplishment as a woman will be to get pregnant, even though there is a whole spectrum of greatness to accomplish.
I am a feminist because women in STEM get alienated by their male counterparts just because they are the opposite sex.
I am a feminist because my biological sex doesn’t define how I should act, what I should do, or who I should be. Anyone and everyone should be allowed to break the gender binary.
I am a feminist because there is still a pay gap.
I am a feminist because I’m taught to not put my drink down and not walk alone, instead of teaching people not to attack others.
I am a feminist because women who enjoy having sex are still called sluts, and ones who don’t are called prudes.
I am a feminist because terms like “cunt” and “pussy” are used as insults, since apparently the worst thing you can be compared to is a vagina, and that is wrong.
I am a feminist because we label more masculine girls as “tomboys” and more feminine boys as “metro” and we have to put everyone in an identifiable box, even though humans are complicated and can be anything and everything.
I am a feminist because someone told me that what rape victims wear or act is a factor on if they get raped, as if it is survival of the fittest (true story). NO ONE IS EVER ASKING FOR IT.
I am a feminist because the media misrepresents women, minorities and differing sexualities constantly, effecting how people view themselves, causing a myriad of mental and physical health issues.
I am a feminist because comprehensive sex education that is medically accurate is only given in 19 states out of 50.
I am a feminist because I am told that someone likes what I am wearing more than someone likes what I am saying.
I am a feminist because I have been called a bitch and intimidating when doing my job as a leader.
I am a feminist because, even if I have not experienced all of these issues, someone out there has.
I am a feminist because I have been told I was being unprofessional for speaking my mind on these issues and to stay silent, and I refuse to do so.
And I am a feminist because these issues are human issues that we should all fight to change, and I will keep fighting.
And, lastly, I am a feminist because there are countless other issues I have yet to mention that are just as important as these are.
Why are you a feminist?
This post is linked to The F Word Feminist Link Up on Belle Brita