April 26, 2014 at 2:35pm
Reblogged from carriehopefletcher



Feminism. It’s a confusing one for me, I’ll be honest. I’ve never really called myself a Feminist. I’ve always been happy to let people believe what they want to believe, whether they give themselves a label or not. As long as they’re acting like a decent human being, it doesn’t matter to me what they call themselves! However, very recently, lots of people seemed to get angry when I said “I believe in all human rights!” when asked if I’m a feminist. My opinions have changed drastically over the last few months (for many reasons) in the sense that I’m re-evaluating my answer to the question “Are you a Feminist?” because, to be totally frank, I don’t actually know what makes you a Feminist. I’ve been doing lots of research on the topic for a while. Reading articles and books written by people who identify as Feminists. But I’ve heard so many contradicting opinions and it’s a subject that so many people have very strong opinions on and if I’m being incredibly honest with you, the subject scares me a little. Whenever I’ve dared utter the word Feminism and how I’ve not really ever called myself one, no matter what the reason, I’m bombarded with messages of disappointment. 

“You’re a disgrace to Woman kind if you don’t identify as a Feminist!” 
“How can people call you a female role model when you’re not a REAL woman.” 
“Feminism=right over your head!” 
(All genuine comments I’ve received upon saying I believe in all human rights, including women’s rights.)
I read How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran not long ago and in that book she says that by just believing in women’s rights, you are a Feminist. However, I’ve read a couple of articles written by people who call themselves Feminists who say that Mrs Moran is a “poor excuse” for a feminist. I’ve seen people who say that you’re only a Feminist if you attend protests. I’ve seen people who say you can only call yourself a Feminist if you’re actively doing something to prove you’re a Feminist. And I’ve seen people, like Caitlin Moran, who say if you believe in rights and equality for women, that’s enough for you to call yourself a Feminist. And upon having found all of this conflicting information, I don’t really know what to think. SO, here’s your chance to educate me on the ways of Feminism. 
What, in your opinion (and remember not everyone will have the same opinion as you so please be pleasant to one another), makes you a Feminist? Do you have to be an active member of the community? Is it enough to just inwardly believe in women’s rights? Do you think it matters if you call yourself a Feminist if you’re treating everyone equally anyway? And finally, do you HAVE to call yourself a Feminist if you’re a woman?
I want to learn!
(and if you’re willing to teach me, please do so respectfully!)

Carrie, feminism is not something people, women especially, should shy away from. It’s gotten a bad rep (mainly from bitter men) but it’s not a bad movement. The most succinct definition i’ve found is from beyonce’s song “flawless**” during chimamanda ngozi adichie’s part she says “Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes”

People say Mrs. Moran is a “poor excuse” for a feminist because she does not support working-class women’s struggles. here’s an article debunking moran’s book. if you are a feminist, (and in moran’s case a “feminist icon”) you need to support ALL women of all races, classes, sexuality, and color. That includes transwomen and women in every part of the world! because feminism without intersectionality is worthless

As for your other points, you dont have to attend protests, you just need to stick up for your fellow women and not shy away from the feminist label! hope this helps.