I realized last night that I haven't posted one of these in a while and I've recently seen a lot of things in the media about feminists that I would just like to clear up. So here is my list of "Hey it's ok to be a feminist."
Hey! It's ok to be a feminist...
... and be male. Feminist just describes someone who believes in the equality of the sexes. YES I SAID EQUALITY. Feminists don't want to make men their slaves or anything, we just want equal treatment for men and women.
... and want to be a stay at home mom. Just because you don't want to be a working woman doesn't mean you can't be a feminist. Feminism is all about having choices, and if that's your choice then more power to you. Just make sure that you made that choice because it's best for you and your family not because you are nervous or scared of returning to the work force.
... and still be girly. Feminist and being butch is not the same thing.
... and still be straight. Feminist is not the same as lesbian.
... and still lack confidence. Feminists aren't people who are totally cool with their bodies. We all struggle with body image issues and feminists try to help that by breaking down social standards of beauty. I really like what Tina Fey said in her book, Bossy Pants, that she liked doing shoots with feminist magazines best because they still photoshop you, they just photoshop you to look like you would on your very best day, not change who you are.
... and like taking care of your boyfriend or husband. That's just human nature to take care of someone you love. If he doesn't return the favor then maybe you should rethink your relationship.
... and like to cook and clean. That's part of being an adult. If you don't cook or clean then you really should grow up.
... and be a hopeless romantic. There is nothing wrong with wanting to find love and be loved. Everyone wants that. Just remember your worth isn't defined by who loves you.
If you think any of this is untrue then you really need to learn what feminism really means. Here is a video that might help.
Inspired by this.
What does being a feminist mean to you? xoxo Natalie
Natalie. 25. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, nail polish, crafting, feminism, makeup, and Netflix.