Feminism for Dummies
Y’know, from my conversations with people, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about what feminism actually is.
My creed of Feminism is believing that everybody is equal.
“I’m a feminist. That means I believe that everyone is equal”
– Andrea Johnston in Girls Speak Out
Lesson over. Class Dismissed.
On one level, everybody who agreed with my previous statements is a (kind-of) feminist.
On another level, well…..
Take Christianity, for instance. Not real faith and born- again believers, but Christianity as a global faith system.
You got denominations and groups.
You got cults and loonies.
You got heroes and con-guys.
You got reform movements and disunity between factions.
It’s the same with feminism. We got our crazy matriarchal radicals. We got our extremists. We got hippies, baby-boomers and bikini(as well as burkha)-haters.
But, we also have our own icons.
Our own music, art and our own history. Our own pioneers who achieved suffrage, equal rights, clothing-reform and Women’s Lib.
Betty Frieden, Amelia Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, and the epic Gloria Steinem.
And now there’s a revival!
New queens on da block! Brilliant new movements and blogs! Amazing new heroes!
Julie Zeilinger- The fbomb- http://thefbomb.org/
Talia bat Pessi- The Star of Davida- http://www.thestarofdavida.blogspot.com
Lindsey and Lexie Kite( who are both PhD’s)- beauty Redefined-
Eve Ensler- One Billion Rising- http://www.onebillionrising.org
So, for those who say that they’re not feminists, well, you guys are right in one way.
You haven’t spent nights crying and raging at the violence and injustice.
You haven’t scrolled resolutely through feminist blog posts till your eyes hurt and your heart sings.
You haven’t argued in forums and in living rooms.
You haven’t yelled our anthems and felt powerful and connected.
You’re not part of any global network.
You haven’t said it aloud.
Yeah, you’re not a feminist.