F is for Feminism

I am a feminist. I believe in the equal rights and opportunities for both women and men, it’s something that should be common sense but often isn’t. There can be problems with feminism or with white feminists who tend to forget about women of colour or trans women but I firmly believe that as a movement it will get better as more people become aware of the problems and try to fix them.

I think feminism, and feminists, can be flawed but everyone is still learning and can improve. I love reading feminist literature from different writers to get different peoples points of view to help me inform my own opinion.

I’ve read feminist books like Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit and Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates and found them all interesting and anger-inducing (because of the injustices and stupid things talked about) and I have a load of other feminist books on my TBR. I think reading and hearing about other people’s experiences helps you grow as a person and become more well-rounded and even excepting of others.

Saying you’re a feminist on the internet can put a bit of a target on your back but I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing and likeminded people through it. Sometimes I feel saying you’re a feminist is shorthand for saying you’re an accepting person who wants a better society, or at least that’s my experience so far.

In short, I love being a feminist and I love feminism – especially intersectional feminism.

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4 comments

  1. I think sexism is just so deeply ingrained in our society a lot of people, men and women, don’t even realise how much of it is there. I have male friends who have been surprised when I’ve said I can’t go out for a run around my streets after work because it’s dark and it’s just not safe – that’s not something they had ever had to think about. Once you open your eyes up to the inequality you see it everywhere and everyday. I stand with you as a proud feminist 🙂

    1. It’s definitely a bit disheartening when you really realise how rampant sexism is in society. It’s all the little things, that as you say are just a part of the “norm” that both men and women don’t always realise something is wrong.
      Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  2. As a guy feminist and father of three girls, I picture a better society as one in which similarities are more prominent than differences. My oldest daughter, at a young age, looked at the faces on a ruler depicting all U.S. presidents. She couldn’t believe there had never been a woman president. This is the sort of thing I feel lead to the society I want for my girls, and all girls.

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    Eli@CoachDaddy

    #AtoZChallenge: F is for Five Foods That Bring Me Comfort

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