Feminism is not a dirty word.

Kate Nash feminist quoteI was looking through Pinterest, as I often do, and found a link to 25 feminist quotes. I loved reading them and decided to share my favorite by Kate Nash and my thoughts on the subject.

I often feel like people misunderstand the terms “feminism” and “feminist”. As a feminist I do not hate men. I don’t hate feminine women, I am one! I believe that all people should be equal. That women should no longer be seen as objects solely put on this earth for male’s pleasure. Is that so radical? Watch 30minutes of television and you will see in shows and advertising the objectification of women. Turn on the radio and you will hear it in popular songs like, “Blurred Lines”.

You see it in how survivors of rape are treated. When someone asks a survivor what she was wearing they are placing the blame on the victim instead of the perpetrator and again downgrading women. We have thoughts. We have a voice to lend to society and when we are called bitch, slut, skank, whore; that is objectification. Those words say that we are worth less than the person saying it. The same is said when we as women say it about other women. We do it because we want to make ourselves feel better or as worth more. Why do we do it? Why do we lend a hand to the misogyny already ramped in our society? It is just ridiculous!

Why don’t we instead raise each other up? Lets encourage one another to do more. To be more. We should be telling each other that we are worthy of space instead of discouraging loud voices and opinions.

I am a feminist because I believe that I deserve to be treated as more than “just” a woman. I am a human being with opinions, thoughts, and I have a lot to offer the world.

We need to start at the source and make sure that all people understand the value of others.

The role of being a feminist isn’t something that solely belongs to women. Everyone needs to be a feminist. We all need to say enough is enough and speak up against the inequality in our society.

Not convinced? Maybe these videos will help.

I am not a country fan but I appreciate this song.

This lady is intelligent and hopefully will help explain feminism.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Hello Lovelies,

Today is International Women’s Day and I have a favor to ask of you. I ask that you not only look back on our past and all of those that came before us but also towards our future and how we can improve our world for those that come after us.

Suffragist

On Election Day in 1920, women in the U.S. were finally able to vote. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that restrictions were lifted in regard to race. It seems like so long ago but it wasn’t. I am thankful for all of the women and men that fought for the vote so that I am now able to exercise that right. If those people didn’t stand up and fight for what was right I would be a voiceless citizen today.

Courage

To all of the women still fighting for their rights; I salute you. To all of the girls fighting for the right to an education; I salute you. To all of those who hear the incredibly sexist lyrics of “Blurred Lines” and get angry; I salute you.

Today, let’s recognize the people fighting to make our world a better place and strive to be one more in the cause. What type of world do you want to build?

Happy International Women’s Day!

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The “F” Word

I love the “F” word. I think it is beautiful, empowering, and something to be embraced. The “F” word I am talking about is feminist, of course. My name is Hilary and I am coming out as a feminist.

Take Back The Night

In college I was involved in my school’s Women’s Center. I helped plan two Take Back the Night events, organize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I helped plan other events around the campus.

I believe that we should all be treated equally regardless of gender. Feminism is defined as, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities,” according to Merriam-Webster. Not too shabby, right?

Being a feminist doesn’t mean you hate men. It simply means that we should all be considered as equal.

With that said I would like to share a song list. This list includes music that makes me feel empowered and strong. The type of music that makes me feel like I could do anything.

So here goes.

Mindy Gledhill “Whole Wide World”
Lily Allen “Hard Out Here” (WARNING: this one has some cursing and is satire so.. be warned)
Destiny’s Child “Independent Women”
India.Arie “Video”
Veruca Salt “Volcano Girls”
Tupac “Keep Ya Head Up” (Not super sure if Tupac is a feminist or a good role model but I enjoy this specific song)
Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
Marina & The Diamonds “Oh No”
Sara Bareilles “Brave”
Miasha “Everybody’s Beautiful”

Now go forth and dance your heart out! Whether you consider yourself a feminist or not. Just dance!

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