I’m quite a girly girl. I wear make-up everyday, I like wearing skirts and dresses, and most of my interests are conventionally “girly.” I strongly believe that anyone, regardless of age, style or interests, can be a feminist. One part of my everyday feminism is simply helping to destroy the myth of feminists as hysterical man-haters, which is a stereotype that I hate.
Several years ago, when one of my older sisters introduced feminism to the family, I refused to call myself a feminist because I didn’t want to be judged or disliked. Looking back at it, I’m a bit ashamed at how silly I was. Per definition, I was definitely a feminist already, since I wanted men and women to be equal, but it took a couple of years until I started calling myself one. Now, I’m proud to say I’m a feminist.
I’m not very politically involved or proactive, but I believe in being a feminist in my everyday life. I stay updated with news via social media and articles, I re-tweet articles, I discuss feminist issues with my friends and I try to stay conscious of the problems in society. Whenever I find myself thinking in traditional ways about gender roles, I try to question myself and reflect on the reason behind those ideas. I believe that by discussing these issues with people and problematising things that were/are considered norms, you can definitely make a change and be part of a bigger movement. Feminism is a learning process; but a learning process which you can share with other people.