Why I’m a feminist (and you should be too)
Today I was going to post my February Favourites (since I haven’t posted on Monday as per usual) but since today it’s the Internacional Women’s Day, I thought I would talk about feminism.
Calm down! Before you feel pulled off by this let me just say something – Feminism is very different from what you interneters call the Feminazi.
Some time ago I recall telling my bearded man that I wasn’t a feminist. He, being a natural liberal asked me why. Well the answer was pretty clear to me: I wasn’t a feminist because I believed in equal rights instead of women rule man drool.
Let me say that I don’t feel ashamed of stating this on the internet: I was ignorant about the subject.
In fact, pretty much of what you read online is taking man’s power (such in abuse cases – if it’s a man towards a woman he’s a monster. If it’s a woman towards a man he probably enjoyed it. This thoughts make me sick tbh).
Later on I saw a documentary about Feminism and realised that me, an history lover at its finest, knew *nothing* about feminism. That’s when I decided that I needed to educate myself.
I’ve learned that feminism is about EQUALITY. And this is one of the things that I loved to understand. A feminist is anyone who believes in equal rights for everyone regardless of their gender. So, that’s me right? That was what I stood for… Does that mean that I was a feminist? Well…
I’ve learned that a lot of women fought for me to have the rights that I have right now and that there are still a lot of women who need someone to fight alongside them for their rights (well this I already knew).
I’ve learned that feminism is about choice. It’s about having the power to decide what goes into my body and what to do with – pregnancy included! It’s about having the right to choose whether or not I want to show my body and not be sexualised because I do, or called a prude because I don’t.
I’ve learned that women were always on the stage of history change and that unfortunately history was written by men who don’t always wanted to credit the right person.
I’ve learned that I have so much more to learn but the most special thing that I’ve learned is that *I’m a feminist.*
Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings. – Cheris Kramarae
In this Internacional Women’s Day all I want to put out in the world is that there’s so much to do yet, and a day is just that: a day. We need to do something everyday so the world can be a fair game to all.
Girls should help each other, guys should help girls, girls should help guys. We should be helping one another instead of constantly fighting with each other.
Bottom line, I’m not proud because I’m a woman, that was just pure luck. I’m proud because I’m the best woman that I can be right now. And I’m even prouder because I know that with time I’ll grow and will be able to be even better.