In celebration of my new Feminist Fridays weekly series, I wanted to ask a few questions about feminism. You can read my answers and let me know what you think in the comments.
- When you hear the word “feminist” what do you think of?
- Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
- If you could define “feminism” what would you say?
- Have you ever studied feminist studies in school or on your own?
When I hear the word “feminist” I think… of a person who is aware of the systems of oppression in this world. I think of someone who understands that people are equal and should be treated so, not just in a social or emotional sense but in a political and economical sense.
I consider myself a feminist… because I believe Jesus was a feminist and that He taught us to share Love and goodness with everyone. I believe that all oppression is related because it has the same root. Even though many forms of oppression do not directly touch me (like the oppression faced by people who are queer, of color, immigrants, etc.) because of my privilege, I believe I must participate in seeking out justice for all these injustices.
If I could define “feminism then I would say… it is a way of seeing life truthfully with the desire to correct evil with good, to triumph over hatred with love, and to build peace and relationship with all people. I also really like Tavi Gevinson’s definition of feminism.
I have studied feminist studies in school and on my own… I plan to continue studying Gender and Women’s Studies so I can later teach. My life is going to be filled with all this good stuff for many, many years to come.