The reason for my post tonight is that I’ve created some controversy over my last blog within my family and friends on Facebook, and some worrying factors came up. An old friend told me ‘As if there isn’t enough feminists in the world I’ve got to see it on my news feed as well’. Cue your shocked faces.
Should I be silenced? Should I not publish my views? Should I not be able to stand up and say ‘Hey guys, I’m a feminist!’ So now I feel like I should justify myself – even though it is totally ridiculous that the second I label myself as a feminist, I suddenly apparently became that annoying girl you don’t want to see on your newsfeed.
Take a look at Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words (familiar to all those who bow down to Queen B like I do, found in Beyonce’s track Flawless) found below. Ever since first listening to Bey’s album, these powerful words stuck in my mind repeating themselves over and over.
Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of all sexes.
SO I found some oh-so-feminist quotes I love and live by, and I thought I’d share them with you. To those of you who think feminism is a bad thing, maybe, just maybe, you’ll be inspired and change your mind.
What do you think? Inspired? However, as most of these quotes are female orientated (the brutal truth is that we are the most targeted gender when it comes to sexism, yes I said it, get over it) I just want to state that I am not fighting for women to become the ultimate gender, but for both genders (and anyone who identifies somewhere in between or both) to be equal. To be treated the same way, to be allowed to behave in the same manner, to be paid the same wage, to not have DOUBLE STANDARDS in society. Anything that would make a man uncomfortable if it was reversed around, should not be something that women should be subjected to. But it works both ways. This isn’t a women’s movement, this is the world as a whole. If you believe in equality, sorry but you are a feminist.
I don’t really want to go into it too much, but Laci Green sums it up nicely in this video – The reason’s she (and I, and most of the world’s population) is a feminist:
Are you inspired yet?
Food for thought – One of my friends, although one I’d like to get to know better, is a strong feminist, and during this controversial debate on my Facebook today that I mentioned earlier, said this:
‘Nothing worse than people saying “uhh, not all men are like that.” No. not all men are like that.
The whole ‘yes all women’ campaign was to highlight that no not all men are awful sexist violent misogynists, but all women have been on the receiving end of sexism.’
Remember, if they’re talking about you and what you’re doing, you’re probably doing something right. Ooooooh, rebellious. You go Glen CoCo!
It’s not sexist to ask for equality.