Feminism isn’t about hating men any more than enjoying the music of the Beatles is anti-Beegees. As Caitlin Moran said, not all feminists want to burn penises. I’m actually quite against it, myself.
“When women talk about “The Man”, we’re not talking about you. You’re just a man. You’re not The Man.”
Caitlin Moran. Source: interview magazine
In a recent conversation with a few friends I got told there were some people who might expect an angry woman or get scared at the idea of me, if I were to call myself a feminist. Maybe it was a good idea for me to stop using that word, they said.
Thing is, I just want to be able to say what I believe without being put in a box. I am just me. Just little old me, typing at my computer. So when you hear the label ‘feminist’, please don’t jump to the conclusion that I burn bras or begin an ‘all people like you…’ list.
The label only serves for me to express my beliefs. That’s all.
Aziz Ansari. Source: Pinterest
I am a white, female, feminist, pacifist, humanitarian, egalitarian, humorous Brit. But none of those things make me who I really am. To say you know who I am because of my job description would be just as dehumanising. It is my decision what I call myself, how I express myself. I believe in equality. And peace. And to deny that would be unnatural.
Perhaps one day I will become ‘the writer formerly known as hairy’. But in the meantime…
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King Jr. Source: seattle times
I like the idea that we can be judged on the content of our character, instead of what is seen on the surface. I’m not just a feminist. I’m so much more than my labels. And so are you.
And right now the world seems so separated by these names, these ideas, of what one person believes, or not.
So, let’s try and see behind the labels.
Break down the enemy images.
And remember we’re just all human beings.
Rumi. Source: mactoons
What do you think? Ever been labelled and want to break free from the stereotypical chains?