There is a video circulating the web at the moment that features five little girls dressed as princesses and talking about feminism and equal rights. What makes it so poignant is the use of some pretty coarse language which for some reason made me feel a little squeamish. But then I got to thinking about why that would make me feel that way? Am I less of a feminist because of that?
Another video I recently watched highlights societies views on being a girl and what it means to throw, hit, swim, walk, run #LikeAGirl. It was so eye opening to see the innocent and true meaning of what being a girl is to a young child, when did being a girl or a feminist become something to be ashamed of? Why is it that when I ask my partner what he thinks a feminist is he says "Isn't it those butch women who protest shit because they are unhappy in thier own lives?".
Then I started thinking about my job and my hobbies and whether or not I even had the right to say I am a feminist. Lets see:
1. I work in fashion retail, I spend all day everyday helping women buy material objects to make them more appealing to men.
2. I write about fashion a lot, I also talk about what other people wear a lot.
3. I sell tupperware to women, which helps them be better 'housewives' and 'mothers'
Do these things make me less of a feminist? Or less intellectual? I mean, I can achieve sixes and sevens (really high marks) at University level assignments but I don't know the first thing about being a real feminist.
So in the middle of this personality crisis I thought about what being a feminist means to me and I came up with this: A feminist is any person woman or otherwise who believes that equal rights are basic human rights, someone who works thier ass off to be a functional part of society and someone who believes that even though they are a woman and are expected to have children and be a wife, they do not see themselves as only this thing. They have the choice to be whatever they want to be.
This made me take another look at my job/hobbies.
1. I work in fashion retail, one of the largest money making industries World-wide, I help women look their best everyday so that they have the confidence to go and kick ass, not only in the home but also the work force.
2. I write about my passions which I think makes me pretty brave, to put all my opinions and everything that I learn through my job, out there on the internet for everybody to see and possibly judge.
3. I work two jobs to support myself and the life I have created for myself. Women enjoy the product I sell because it makes their life easier in the kitchen, leaving more time for them to dominate the world.
I am proud of the woman that I am and even though I may not be an active in the feminist community I still believe that I am a feminist, just in my own way.