Don't Be Afraid of the F Word
Feminist. A word that is heard so frequently but whose complex meaning is constantly debated and redefined. When some hear feminist they might think of the "angry, radical woman" bearing protest signs and pushing an anti-male agenda. Honestly, the definition of feminism is a lot simpler than you think.
As heard in Beyonce’s Flawless or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's “We Should All be Feminist” Ted talk, a feminist is defined as “a person who believes in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes”. Keyword: person. Feminism isn't just for women. As feminists, we are seeking equal opportunity to succeed and thrive in this unbalanced world that we live in. As champions of equality, the intersectional feminist agenda does not exclude individuals that identify as transgender, Muslim, or any other disadvantaged group in our society.
Is equality too much to ask for??
The inequality of rights for women of minorities, with disabilities and any other person who is not a financially comfortable straight white male has been an issue since the beginning of time. Although the feminist movement has made a tremendous impact, there is still room for improvement! It is 2017 and women still face difficulty claiming vital decisions about their bodies and sexuality as their own. The strict, prejudice standards instilled in our society prevent progress.
On January 21st and 22nd of 2017, an estimated 5 MILLION protestors joined together to bring awareness to the social issues faced by "immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault", as posted on the march's website.
Being in Paris, I originally thought that I would be missing out on this historic event. I soon learned that where there is inequality, feminism follows. The news coverage of the Women's March showed people across the world, marching as one.
We leave you with this: Be a champion of equality. Be a catalyst of change. Do not be afraid of the F word.