Why am I a feminist?
Because I believe in equality, duh. For that reason alone, everybody should call themselves a feminist. But what about intersectional feminism?
Intersectional feminism is new movement within the feminist community that acknowledges the differing facets of opression that women can face in addition to their status as a woman. These facets can include race, class, and LGBTQ+ identity.
Due to the individual nature of intersectional feminism, the movement also acknowledges how feminism may mean something slightly different to every woman. I’ve started this blog, in part, to explore and celebrate these reasons.
To me, “intersectional feminism” is when I…
- Control my reproductive organs and decide when/if childrearing is right for me.
- Know that my right to and quality of medical care was not affected by my skin color nor my gender identity.
- Am not fetishized for my young and “traditionally Aryan” looks.
- See women of all beauty types (skin colors, ages, body shapes, and nationalities – everything) appreciated as beautiful.
- Appreciate every woman’s beauty without objectifying her.
- Am not pressured by anybody or anything in my decision to have/not have sex.
- When I know that I (or anybody else) will be taken seriously if a claim of sexual violence is made.
- Have as much (or as little) sex as I want to – With as many or as few people as I choose.
- Always do so safely.
- Learn all that I can about sexual health.
- Know that you don’t need to have a lot of sex in order to be sexually liberated.
- Recognize everybody’s unique definition of femininity and sense of empowerment.
- Never compare myself to other women or feel like I need to “compete.”
- Find inspiration from and support the hell out of other women who have found their brand of empowerment and made a difference in their world – However that may be. Whether it be the working business-executive single mom, the hairdresser, or a “PTO housewife,” all of these women contribute to society and have something to teach me.
- Learn about the ways in which forces such as imperialism have shaped feminism around the world.
- Recognize non–Western forms of empowerment as equally valid and amplify those voices. (Those were are all different links to different feminist movements around the world – Check them out!!).
- Support organizations that empower women to join traditionally male-dominated fields such as finance, engineering, and mechanics.
- Encourage women who are in positions of power – Even if they are political and I do not necessarily agree with all of their opinions.
- Do random acts of kindness for other women – Compliment a girl in the club, buy my friend a book, or like/comment on classmate’s Instagram photos.
- Know that their success is also mine.
- Find my own voice.
- Live in a society that allows me to hustle, build an empire, and hopefully someday have a fortune to call my own.
- Use this fortune to buy my mom a house, donate generously to charities, and spoil my friends rotten.
- Get paid equally for equal work and know that men/women of other intersectionalities are being treated the same.
- Don’t have to worry about whether my gender and/or expected childbearing responsibilities affected my job prospects.
- Know that I got hired due to merit and not because of my skin color nor my status as an able bodied person.
- I am taken as seriously as a (white) man for the same work.
- Am not branded as “rude” for speaking my mind during a meeting.
- Never have to be financially dependent on anybody – Particularly a romantic partner.
- Recognize my value in relationships and demand to be treated with respect.
- Never tolerate any romantic partner who treats me as less than an equal.
- Encourage and help other women to bring the same sense of confidence to their love lives and relationships.
- Have bad days, crying spells, and moments of low-self esteem – Even ones caused by a boy.
- Have moments of over-confidence, arrogance, and flamboyance.
- Know that these feelings don’t make me “hysterical” or a “bad feminist.” They make me a complex and multifaceted human being with feelings.
- Understand that men have just as many feelings as women – They’ve just been taught to repress them.
- Recognize the ways in which the patriarchy hurts men.
- Don’t have to expect the worst in men (IE: Worrying about meeting a serial killer on a Tinder date or mistaking a genuinely friendly comment for harassment) in order to simply protect myself.
- Constantly check my own behavior and make sure that I am treating men and women exactly the same – Especially when talking to people of different nationalities/races.
- Toss out traditional roles and feel OK to do something like make a first move.
- Live in a world where men feel comfortable to do “conventionally” female things without perjoritvely being referred to as “gay.”
- Live in a world where “gay” is not an insult and LGBTQ+ members have all the same rights and protections that I do (As a straight/cisgendered woman).
- Use my status as a conventionally privileged and able bodied white woman to support the rights of those whose experience different forms of oppression.
- Always direct the attention away from myself in these cases and towards people from that group – Nobody can speak about these issues better than the people who live them.
- Strive to create a world where religious minorities celebrate their traditions without fear of persecution.
- And cultures of ethnic minorities are treated with respect and not seen as “incompatible” with Western society.
- Only support political candidates who champion the rights of all people (WARREN OR GTFO, EVERYBODY).
- Work to dismantle the various ways in which class, disability, and capitalism work together to further oppress minorities and maintain the status quo.
- Celebrate the accomplishments and abilities of dis/differently-abled women and highlight their experiences.
50. Know that feminism must include all people. None of us are free until we all are.
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