Are You A Feminist?

There has been a lot of talk recently about feminists; who is one, and why.  Are they crazy, power-hungry females or just women and girls who care about equality?  Beyoncé spoke out about it.  So have Lena Dunham and Caitlin Moran.  Even sweet little Taylor Swift has come to the table.  I have always considered myself a feminist, going back to my early high school years when I discovered Bust Magazine and Bitch Magazine.  They opened my eyes to the inequities girls and women face on a daily basis around the globe.  My world view was blown open and as I’ve grown and birthed two girls, my relationship with feminism has grown even deeper.

How do you know you’re a feminist?  If you advocate for the equality of women, you’re a feminist. Or as Caitlin Moran quaintly put it:

So here is the quick way of working out if you are a feminist: A: Do you have a vagina? And B: do you want to be in charge of it? If you said yes to both, then congratulations, you’re a feminist.

I agree with her to a point, but you don’t have to have a vagina to be a feminist.  Plenty of men and fathers consider themselves feminists and I find that incredibly attractive.  Whether you are or whether you’re not, support the girls and women in your life.  We are all in this together.  As Gloria Steinem said,

The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.

If you’d like to explore more, check out feministing.org  and Ms. Magazine for more girl moxie.

 

 

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