Too many times feminists have received backlash for wanting equality for women. Here are five reasons why you should be proud to be a feminist and speak your mind.
1. There is no such thing as a “feminazi”
Sadly enough, I have been called a “feminazi” before and relating women’s rights and empowerment to an awful time in history is frankly sickening. Are some men so insecure about their masculinity that they have to bring women down in the process? That comment is one I will never forget, not because I was ashamed, but because I realized that some men are so threatened by feminists that they will say anything to make themselves feel bigger than they are.
After being called that, I was inspired to buy a “feminist” sticker that I proudly display on my laptop.
2. Girl power is awesome
Girls have two choices when it comes to dealing with other girls. Either lift them up or tear them down. We have the power as women to bring each other up and make each other feel loved, appreciated, and important.
3. Feminism is not a dirty word
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, feminism is defined as either “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes” or “organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests”. However, the word feminism has become a label. It can mean to some a person who values women and wants them to be fully equal to men, or to some, it can mean a threat to current societal norms.
Some may believe that feminism is demeaning to men; however, how is having equality demeaning to those who have had it for centuries? Giving women a reason to realize this injustice and stand up and fight is all a feminist wants.
4. Women can do anything
It is 2018 and I’m still waiting on my first woman president. I am a strong believer that women can do anything men can do (maybe better). Look around you, at your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, best friend, or daughter. I don’t understand how people can want the most for the women around them but when another woman says she simply wants respect, there’s an issue and those women are criticized.
5. You can’t be who you’re not
I will never apologize for being a feminist. I want to see changes in the way politicians, employers, and all of society treat women. I want to not be scared of being judged because I want equality for all women.