I’ve talked a lot about feminist issues over the years (and even rounded up some cool feminist fashions!) and, honestly, it’s become one of my passions, especially as I try to navigate this new, post-Election society that can seem downright confusing at times. But I’m wondering: What does feminism mean to you?
I’m forever thinking about this question. I turn it over in my head constantly in an attempt to come to some sort of simple definition — one that suits me and that I can easily wrap my head around. Maybe it’s because I’m sort of obsessed with having some kind of order in my life.
And yet, I’m not sure that something like feminism, which is so important and affects so many people, has a one-size-fits-all definition. At its core, it’s rooted in women being equal to men, so there’s that foundation of equality. But I also think in practice, the concept goes far deeper than that. Feminism is about a society where women are valued and supported and heard. That last one is especially important — feminism is about women having a voice and not being afraid to use that voice. They can be themselves and speak their minds. We all know I’ve had lots of experience with speaking my mind lately, and it hasn’t always been met with support and kindness.
“As a woman, now, you have to speak up. You have to own it [feminism] in a way that you never have before. It is different now.”
Even though our society might not be in the most ideal of feminist places right now, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep striving to get there. One of the worst things we can do — both for us and for the next generation of young women and men — is throw our hands in the air and just give up because things seem too hard or too insurmountable. That’s not who we are. And that’s most definitely not who we want to be, is it?
So…how would you define feminism in 2017, friends? What are the most important aspects of it? Where do you hope to see feminism in 5, 10, even 20 years from now? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments!! #BeBraveBeYou… xoxo
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