Definitions of Feminism:
From the Oxford Dictionary:the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
From Webster’s Dictionary: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
From Wikipedia: A feminist is an advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women.
Hi, my name is Tara, and I am a 24 year old aspiring writer. I live in Texas with my family, where I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the spring of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. And I am a feminist.
I’ve gotten a lot of different reactions from people when I tell them about feminism. Some have congratulated me, others have looked bewildered, and still others have given me looks of skepticism or even disdain. The problem with the word Feminism is that when most people here the word they think of things like this:
When they should be thinking about things like this:
and about how the feminist movement got women rights like this:
If I asked you today if you were a feminist, what would you say? If your answer is no, then my next question is, Do you believe in equal rights for women? If your answer the the second question is yes, then congratulations, you ARE a feminist. The reason I started this blog is that I know a lot of people (people, as in women AND men) who claim that they are not feminists, but support equal rights in society for women. I think that the reason for this is that over the years the word feminism, and the movement in general has gotten a negative reputation that it does not deserve.
I started this about page with the definition of feminism, because I want to impress upon the readers of this blog that this is what feminism is, a movement for equality. Feminism is NOT a radical movement of women who hate men, stay at home moms, children, and femininity. Feminism is exactly what it says, a philosophy that supports equality of the sexes. We need to stop being ashamed of this word, and ashamed of this movement. This is the movement that brought women the right to vote, the right to own property, and still strives to bring women equality in all aspects of society.
After telling him that I was a feminist, one of my friends once told me that my declaration was admirable, but that the word feminism was, in his opinion, “irredeemable”. This blog is my effort to prove him wrong. My name is Tara, and I am redeeming feminism.