Why I Am A Feminist

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

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Cheers to you, fellow feminist.
    I think these kinds of posts are important especially in this time where people still like to believe that women are equal to men in every sence of that word, but the truth is the world is wrong. My anatomy shouldn’t define my paycheck, but it somehow still does.

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  2. That was great of you to share that information. I am not sure if everyone has thought about all that goes along with being feminist.

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  3. Kay says:

    We are having a discussion about feminism in school at the moment, and it’s interesting to listen to people’s opinion. I think it’s important for people to know what feminism is. It is what you have listed above. No feminist is saying that women deserve more than men. Feminists believe in equality.

    I love this post.

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    1. Thank you! And I am glad the feminism is being talked about in a school setting

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  4. Mary says:

    This is great. I like that you point out that there isn’t “one way” that has to exist for someone to consider herself a feminist. Part of that journey is also discovering different ways people exist in the world, and we can become more open minded that way. I love that you pointed out the ideas of caring about how you look, being domestic, and changing your last name. I have a great friend who I view as a role model in life and she said to me “I love being a woman, and I am all for equality, but I couldn’t wait to get rid of my shit last name when I got married.” I loved her attitude that you could embrace it all (btw, her last name was Buttkins and her married name is Smith).

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  5. Brita says:

    YES! This is all so great. There are many reasons why I’m a feminist, but they primarily stem from what I noticed in childhood. Even in elementary school, I noticed sexism, even if I didn’t have a word for it. I noticed how people treated my twin brother and me differently, in situations when we should have been treated the same. I noticed the disparity in women’s stories vs. men’s stories in the biographies I read. I told anyone who would listen I wanted to be the first woman president.

    If a child can notice gender inequality, how are so many people still blind to it?

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    I know I have read this before, and I can’t believe I didn’t comment the first time around! I love that you have come out and detailed your stance. It’s moving the way you have all of this stacked up in one place. If we don’t keep pointing it out, we’ll never make progress.

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  7. Kelly says:

    Love this. I’m a feminist for these reasons, because it’s right and just. Really baffles me when people can’t see that, or try to say we don’t need feminism anymore!

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