Let’s Share The Hairspray
So recently I’ve had a lot of people coming up to me very interested in my ‘feminist’ beliefs. I’m not sure whether I’ve missed something monumental on the news concerning this topic or if a surge of boredom has plagued everyone I know, bad enough to start a conversation with me about feminism (bad idea, seriously), but I may aswell just try and wrap it all up here.
Obviously this issue will never be completely resolved, and I won’t even come close to covering everything concerning it here, but I will try and give you a clearer idea as to why I believe what I believe.
First things first, I don’t hate the male gender. How can I with superior beings such as Johnny Depp and Ian Somerhalder roaming the Earth?
Feminism has become, in society’s eyes, a veil for which man-hating, non-armpit-shaving, conflict-attracting women can hide behind while secretly plotting the demise of all things penis-shaped.
I just said penis on my blog. That will never, ever happen again, promise.
While it is true that women who choose to keep their body hair can be feminists (there are no rules for/against), someone who is fundamentally against the half of the human population that doesn’t have two X-chromosomes cannot.
I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times before (why don’t you listen for a change?) but the definition of feminism is……wait for it….
The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
Can I get an Amen?
For some stupid reason, no matter how many times they hear “Feminism is equality.” some people just don’t get it. I for one am bored of being asked why feminists hate men. It’s like asking someone why pacifists shoot people.
They don’t. A woman who doesn’t believe in equality is not a feminist but a feminist who believes in equality is still a woman. Wait, I just confused myself.
Basically, a feminist is an advocate of gender equality and in the meantime, empowerment of women. I say ’empowerment’ with great care. Yes, building self-esteem and confidence in women is important, hell, it’s important for humans, but that isn’t to say that women are always in need of empowering. It seems that, in most magazines, our lives revolve around making ourselves look nice with makeup and posh clothes but then taking great care to know that we don’t need any of that because we’re beautiful anyway, and here’s a cream to help with that.
So, for future reference, why don’t we just concentrate on the foundations of feminism? Instead of worrying about a label and what it isn’t and what it is, let’s just focus on making sure both genders have equal rights, equal opportunities and an equal amount of hair products.
hey! i'm an 21 year old medical student (currently intercalating in anthropology) living it up in east london! i spend my spare time playing dixie chicks on guitar (badly), attempting to do yoga and turning it up at my church.