The F word- Feminism 

29 Feb

Throughout the coming out process I was very hesitant about calling myself a lesbian, I always preferred the term gay. One huge reason was because of the stereotypes associated with lesbians suck as the angry feminist. 

I’m currently taking a woman’s studies class at one of my community colleges and we just finished reading a section about what feminism is, the different waves of it, and some other information. It was really interesting. I found out according to the definition of feminism, I am indeed a feminist as I bet many people are. The definition goes something like this. Believing in the economic, political, and social equality between the sexes. Sorry I don’t have my book next to me so it may be a little off. While doing a study they found most women agreed with the definition of feminism but few considered themselves feminists. 

How did we get such a bad rap?  Man hating.  Bra burning.  Angry women, with a chip on their shoulder. Why are so many people like me, afraid to be associated with the term feminist. Why do we associate lesbians with feminists?  Why aren’t people aware there are/were male feminists as well?  Why don’t people realize we don’t want a matriarchy  we just want equality. 

So I guess as I have accepted my sexuality I need to come to terms with my feminist beliefs as well and educate others as to what that means and debunk the stereotypes. 

2 Responses to “The F word- Feminism ”

  1. Bradley February 29, 2016 at 1:11 PM #

    I’ve worn the feminist badge, with honor, for many years. I think the word got a bum rap because of talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh who refers to feminists as femi-nazis. One of my favorite quotes is by Simone de Beauvoir, “Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female. Whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.”

  2. manyofus1980 February 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM #

    I never really thought about it, but now that I have reading your post, I think I am a huge feminist too. XX

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