I Am Tired of Seeing Anti-Feminist Women

I Am Tired of Seeing Anti-Feminist Women

Why fight against yourself when you can fight for yourself?
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Feminism has gotten a horrible reputation as a crazed, femi-Nazi movement.

However, as a PROUD feminist, each time I hear the cause mislabeled and completely slandered, a little spark is lit inside me to change their minds. I'm here to set the record straight and open your eyes to the new wave of feminism. Get on board or get left behind.

Feminism, simply defined, is EQUALITY of the genders (or non-conforming), NOT supremacy of females, as we often get criticized for by the patriarchy.

Yeah, I said it.

While you could argue that women have the same legal rights as men, the standards for women are so obviously different and the societal expectations are extremely limiting. Major business women being seen as shrill or controlling for simply acting in a "masculine" manner, or worse, having these behaviors blamed on "that time of the month" is incredibly demeaning and destroys confidence and motivation in young girls across the globe.

There are countless women in the spotlight today, however, that are helping to change the mold, taking back women's bodies and creating bosses from their bones. Amber Rose. Maybe she's not your mom's favorite role model for you, but the female empowerment of her annual Slut Walk is undeniable.

The main goal of this protest is to take back the female body and put down those who blame sexual assault victims and what they choose to wear. It goes all the way to high school dress codes; shoulders are part of the human form, not an invitation for advances from men.

Slut shaming is a thing of the past and Rose was a big part of this. And she's making hella bank so props to her.

Now, for the even more controversial role model: Hillary Clinton. She probably suffered one of the worst attacks from the media in history, often just for what she wore or how she did her hair. DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE EMAILS THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS.

You have to admit that she is one bad*ss woman. I mean, the first female nominee for President of the U.S.? Who wouldn't look up to her? It's further evidence of woman expanding their power into primarily male-dominated fields. Don't forget that she went from First Lady to serve as our secretary of state. I'd call that a major promotion.

I need guys to read this. I need them to realize that it's not embarrassing to stand up for girls. It's not embarrassing to be a feminist. Shout out to Chris if you made it this far, or any man really, it's impressive. It's 2017 people, it's time we realized what equality really means.

Also, shout out to women who side with the patriarchy and fall for the falsehoods pushed onto you about the feminist movement; you are only hurting yourself. It's really sad to see the oblivion of some populations in our country but I'm glad we have millions of strong women and men on our side.

Cover Image Credit: NBC News - Bryan Woolston

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'As A Woman,' I Don't Need To Fit Your Preconceived Political Assumptions About Women

I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

"As a woman…"

This initial phrase is often followed by a question, generally surrounding how I could publicly support a Republican candidate or maintain conservative beliefs. "As a woman, how can you support Donald Trump?" or "As a woman, how can you support pro-life policies?" and, my personal favorite, "As a woman, how did you not want Hillary for president?"

Although I understand their sentiment, I cannot respect it. Yes, being a woman is a part of who I am, but it in no way determines who I am. My sex has not and will not adjudicate my goals, my passions, or my work. It will not influence the way in which I think or the way in which I express those thoughts. Further, your mention of my sex as the primary logic for condemning such expressions will not change my adherence to defending what I share. Nor should it.

To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

We, as a people, have become limited to these classifications. Are we not more than a demographic?

As a student of political science, seeking to enter a workforce dominated by men, yes, I am a woman, but foremost I am a scholar, I am a leader, and I am autonomous. I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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Educate Yourself And Spread Facts, Not Bias

Do you know the truth? Or are you allowing rumors to cloud your judgement of the political arena?

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In our society, the government has grown to be a capitalistic effort. Payout, backroom deals, we are unaware of many actions those that represent us take behind closed doors. The transparency we think we see is unrealistic and just not the way that politics actually work. In the entire world, governance has become essential to the survival and future of society. No two governments are the same, and they are essentially ever changing as many people of power change constantly.

This being said influence from these individuals rule the political sphere. Whether it be a local councilperson, senator, governor, or even the president.IN the U.S. our daily lives and wellbeing rest in the hands of the few. Some of these politicians are honest and work genuinely for the people. However, agenda frequently takes over the arena and leaves the decisions of our livelihood to the gains of politicians.

Our generation has the lowest voter turnout, leaving the decisions that we do have to older generations. Some of those hold ideologies that are not relevant nor acceptable to the climate we live in today. This is not a call to action but more of a thought. As someone who was incredibly uninvolved in politics, I wanted to look at why I lacked the care that other people my age held so passionately. I believe it starts with my distaste of conflict, which many people my age also agree with. Politics can lead to confrontation and negative conversation.

Therefore, who would want to make friendships and interactions awkward with an avoidable subject. I found myself straying from these conversations and becoming uncomfortable when friends assert opinions that I do not agree with. However, in taking classes where this environment hinges the change in industries I study. I was forced to form some type of opinion in the matter.

From here I decided to change the lens on how I looked at politics. Instead of shying away, I really listened to what my professors felt about it and their assertions. I then did my own research, looking into the history of matters that my peers and professors talked about. Educating myself on what the facts were, versus believing in rumors that I heard through the grapevine.

I started engaging friends in a positive manner, as opposing opinions are valuable in a holistic situational viewpoint. I became comfortable in the discomfort of politics and worked to learn what may be in store for our world. My point for this is to educate yourself on genuine fact. Do not assert opinions based on information that your friend or even a professor gives you, keep your knowledge on the subject relevant.

You never know when legislation may come out that seriously effects your way of life. Most importantly, knowledge is power and power is what those that leave us in ignorance have over us.

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