feminism: the best thing. (or, to end a year.)

This may very well be my last blog post on this blog – summer is just around the corner; vacation and SAT prep will be all I have on my plate. To start, thank you to anyone and everyone who has read, commented, liked, viewed, etc. I honestly came into this project being pretty certain that I would have maybe 5 followers tops – and even without actively sharing my blog on social media, I’ve garnered 10 times that number. So thank you all so much.

That being said, I’ve decided to end this year of blog posts on a high note about perhaps one of my favorite subjects – feminism.

What I’ve seemed to notice is that whenever I bring up the topic of feminism, people scoff, or they get this look on their face that says, ‘oh, here we go again.’ (I didn’t realize suddenly the idea that women were human beings equal in value to their male counterparts was suddenly such an overworked topic – considering all that’s been going on lately, I assume that feminism is even more significant.) (Warning: heavy sarcasm.) Anyhow, it used to get on my nerves quite a bit – but, as I said, summer is just around the corner, and, in the most diplomatic way possible, I couldn’t really care less about what others think about that at this point.

Feminism is, quite honestly, the best thing. The thing I love most about it is that it is incredibly resilient. What I’ve learned is that, while I can certainly be discouraged by the blatant sexism, misogyny, gender roles, etc. present in media and everyday life, feminist thinking always finds a way to triumph – or at least, “go the distance,” if you’ll pardon the Rocky reference – in its own way. There are so many (sadly uninformed) people who think that feminism is this aggressive movement that condemns shaving and trashes men. They are wrong, and if you are one of these people, please educate yourself and then go to church. (This is more sarcasm.) The very character of feminism itself is a positive thing – the entire movement embodies the radical idea that women are rational and intelligent human beings worthy of respect and basic human rights, regardless of appearance, age, income, background, race, etc.

Media portrays the ‘ideal’ girl in a few very cookie-cutter, very narrow-minded tropes, including but not limited to the preppy, girly, bubbly head cheerleader; the sultry, flirtatious vixen; or some weird conglomeration of both. (Most often, these characters are portrayed by white actresses, although the issue of white-washing in media is a huge problem that deserves its own blog post.) Feminism rejects the notion that all girls have to be preppy and girly or flirtatious and sultry – because there is no ‘right’ way to be a girl or a woman; but there is a right way to be a human being, and that is to respect the choices and personal desires of the people around you and to grant them the same basic human rights you’d expect for yourself.

!!! THAT BEING SAID !!!! Feminism does not condemn girls who are preppy and girly, or girls who are sultry and flirtatious. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with being interested in ‘traditionally’ feminine activities, and there is absolutely NOTHING wring with having a consensual, active sex life. I suppose you may be confused by that line of thinking, but what it basically boils down to is the idea behind this text post on Tumblr:

 

  • if a girl wants to be feminine

  • THAT IS OK!!!

  • if a girl doesn’t want to be feminine

  • THAT IS OK!!!

  • if a girl doesn’t adhere to society’s standards of what is “”acceptable”” i.e shaving their legs

  • THAT IS OK!!!

  • if a girl wants to shave her legs

  • THAT IS OK!!!

  • if a girl has a lot of sex

  • THAT IS OK!!!

  • if a girl doesn’t have sex

  • THAT IS OK!!!

  • STOP VILIFYING GIRLS SIMPLY FOR CHOOSING WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO WITH THEIR BODIES. THEY AREN’T YOUR BODIES.

  • THANKS (◡‿◡✿)

source here

Basically, choice to do what you want with your body and your appearance is a human right given to all human beings (◡‿◡✿) women are human beings (◡‿◡✿) the year is 2014 so why are we still judging women on the way they’re dressed or they way they look (◡‿◡✿) women are beautiful and wonderful creatures if they decide to shave their legs or if they don’t (◡‿◡✿) women who wear pink dresses and Chanel lipstick and high heels are just as important as women who wear baggy jeans and beat-up sneakers (◡‿◡✿) neither is more or less validated than the other (◡‿◡✿) women are amazing (◡‿◡✿)  (◡‿◡✿)  (◡‿◡✿)  (◡‿◡✿)

 

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