This image caught my attention while on Pinterest. I think it reflects who I am and what I believe. I consider myself to be feminine, not extremely girly, but feminine. I enjoy wearing make-up, getting my hair and nails done, wearing dresses and high heels. I am in a committed relationship and I cannot wait to have a future with him someday. I see us getting married and having children. I plan on having my own career, but I do want to take advantage of the time I have with my children while they are young and be a stay at home mom. However, that does not mean I am not a feminist. I believe in equal rights between the sexes and that everyone has a choice of how they want to live their lives, whether that means being a working parent or stay at home parent (that is the hot topic tied with feminism). Society tells us that to be a feminist means to be a loud, obnoxious, man-hating, hairy-leg lesbian. That is further from the truth. To be a feminist does not mean to have a certain look. You can be a feminist who is quiet, shy, loud, obnoxious, hairy, shaved, a stay at home mom, a working mom, a stay at home dad, a working dad, a republican, a democrat, religious, non-religious, straight, gay, bi, transgender, cisgender, etc. To be a feminist is not restrictive to one set of characteristics. If you believe in equality for the sexes then you are a feminist. Don’t be afraid to claim that title.
Society has created a negative connotation to the word “feminist” and it needs to stop. That is why so many people are afraid to claim that title. I am so glad to see celebrities, both male and female, advocating for feminism. It brings more awareness to people. They are showing us that to be a feminist is not a bad thing, it is a positive thing.
This class has shown me to be proud and open about who I am and what I believe. I no longer have a stereotypical idea of what it means to be a feminist.