On Being A Feminist

October 10, 2017

Being a feminist doesn’t mean that you are “angry inside,” but it may mean you get angry when you see people treated differently based upon their gender, skin color, or ethnicity.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate an appropriate acknowledgment of some aspect of your character, but it may mean you don’t like it when random men on the street provide feedback about your boobs.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean you don’t lead a “normal life,” but it may mean that you understand that “normal” may be different for other people, and that everyone should find out what “normal” means for them.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean that you aren’t moral, but it may mean that you appreciate and respect that others may have different values than you do.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean that you hate men, although it may mean that you prefer a woman as sexual partner.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean you sleep with every man or woman you meet, but it may mean that you are comfortable exploring your sexuality in a mature and thoughtful way.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean that you are always on the look out for oppression, but it may mean that you are sensitive to situations in which someone is being evaluated or treated differently because of their gender, ethnicity, race, or religion.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean that you “won’t raise a family,” but it may mean that you do a lot of thinking about when and whether having children is something you are ready and able to do well.

It also may mean recognizing that the definition of “family” doesn’t necessarily mean getting married to a man and having and raising biological children with him.

Being a feminist doesn’t mean you have to have short hair, a bold look, or a confrontational facial expression. It may mean that you don’t buy into to societal norms about what constitutes feminine beauty, or that being physically pleasing to men may not be the most important thing on your list of priorities.

Being a feminist also means that you probably don’t make broad generalities about others based upon a staggering misunderstanding about what “feminism” actually means.

If you think about it, being a feminist pretty much means that you advocate that women not be treated differently from men – in the home, workplace, and society in general – simply because they have different body parts.

In fact, being a feminist pretty much means not being an asshole. Which is more than I can say for the person who created this meme.

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