Are You A Feminist?

October 3, 2013

For some time now I have been searching for the words to describe what feminism means to me. Following ELLE magazines amazing spread on ‘Rebranding Feminism’ I thought now is a good a time as any. I’ll keep it simple, I could go on forever but I’ll tell you this story instead. This is my example of everyday modern feminism. 
Last year I stayed at my friends flat for a cheap trip to London. It was a slightly inconvenient time for him as deadlines where due days later – after the initial catch up we started discussing a friends play she’d been writing about a misogynistic woman – queue my feminist rant. 

Hours later when things had wound down and I was thinking of getting ready for a night on the couch, I thought I’d help out by cleaning up the kitchen and putting the beers, that were sitting in a plastic bag, in the fridge. 

Whilst I was scrubbing dirty pots he turned to me and said ‘How can you be a feminist and clean up after me and put my beers in the fridge?”

That is exactly it. That is modern Feminism to me. I am not influenced by any stereotype or gender. I do things because I want to, and in this case I wanted to help; returning the favour of letting me stay over. I would do the same if my friend were female. 

I do not stop myself from doing something that comes naturally to because I’m a feminist and think I must uphold some archaic stereotype about how we act around men. I am just ME, a whole person, and I act without worrying what others will think (the same goes for wearing short skirts ect!) 

I am a feminist because I believe all humans are equal, it’s as simple as that. 

I believe it’s about staying true to yourself and not having to second guess yourself because you’re a woman.

Feminism is for Everyone! I am proud to say my boyfriend believes in feminism.

YES women ARE different to men in some respects, but just as other cultures, religions and races are different we should all be treated equally.

And if your wondering is Feminism is actually still relevant… well that’s another blog post in itself but the answer is YES. There are still injustices in the world for women, and that’s why it’s important to show your support and be proud to be a modern feminist.

Do what the fuck you want Ladies we are all equal here.

 Go grab the November Issue of Elle and start discussing Feminism with your peers! :)