I grew up thinking that feminism meant not shaving my armpits and burning my bra. Activism is a huge part of my everyday “feministing”, although you’ll rarely see me at protests. I am more of the let me act out my feminism from behind this screen. I do have many discussions around women’s rights, social justice, and humanity over a pint of cold brewsky but some of us don’t really go on a march or strikes to protect our rights, and I think that is okay. That does not make you or me less of a feminist. It’s the subtle things you do, like I am always retweeting, sharing links on Facebook, and writing about all of these things. I really think it’s about the awareness.
When did I realize that I had become a feminist? That’s a great question. Truthfully, it was quite recently. Well, more like I started “acting out” my feminism. Just like everything else, I don’t think feminism is a black or white topic. It’s a spectrum and there are definitely a lot of gray areas. I work a lot in the realm of reproductive health and choices, which led me to sexuality and intersectionality social justice issues. From an outsider perspective, women are fighting for equal rights and then from the inside we are fighting each other on individual opinions of what is right versus wrong. As a feminist, I aspire to work on this problem that given all the statistics in the world, it comes down to a woman’s choice and her experience. So, let’s clear the path for all and limit barriers, be cautious of the words we choose to say, and stop pointing fingers. I leave you with this: I read Yes, Please last month and loved this quote from Amy Poehler: “Good for her, not for me.”