When I first heard about feminism I thought it was all hairy armpits, dungarees and lesbians. That was when I was 22 and had to study it for my degree. Now I am 28 and much different.
After reading just a few pages about what feminism actually is, I was surprised to find that I agreed with some of it. A lot of it.
Just to be clear, when I am talking about it, feminism means wanting equality for both genders, and noting the specific imbalance for women.
I think something important to address for all readers before we go on is what (I believe) a feminist is, or is not.
So, as someone who identifies with the term feminist, I:
- do not hate men
- do not hate being a woman
- am not less sexy than other women who don’t have an interest in gender equality
- am not aggressively angry all the time
- do not think you have to have hairy armpits to be a feminist
- think men are great
- also think that being a woman is great (ala Maya Angelou)
- think make-up could just be a waste of time
- think it’s attractive to care about women’s rights
- wish we could find more ways women could have higher self-esteem (see Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk – the power of body language, for one awesome way)
- wish we got equal pay
- get confused about culturally what is ok and what is not (adverts, objectification, blurred lines, cooking shows and role models)
- love to see films directed by women
- see the gender inequalities that men also face
- … have hairy armpits right now (but that’s really besides the point).
In conclusion, I think creating human equality is about way more than armpit hair. But it’s a start.