Identity Crisis Resolved: I am a Liberal Feminist

All was fine in Twitterville yesterday until… well until it broke down but that’s besides the point… I was labelled a liberal feminist. Now, being called a feminist is not a bad thing but the stereotypes attached to it and the extreme hatred with which the words were uttered was nothing short of f*cking ridiculous!

I am a feminist

It was not until last year that I finally began to explore / understand the concept of feminism, thanks to Karen Schulman Dupuis. Prior to that I had a rather negative view of feminism because, well, the media, more often than not, tells us that feminists are bra hating, hairy legged uncivilized buffoons.

media representation

But what feminism really is equal rights for women.

What is feminism

While the movement gained momentum in the 20th century, it has its roots in the French Revolution of the 1700s when women began to push for equal rights, (Side note: I am not a fan of the term ‘fight’ because no one should have to FIGHT for their RIGHTS, in an ideal world that is!) equal participation and being able to participate in equal dialogue with men.

It was started because there was a need for it and as with any social movement, not everything is black and white. There is a spectrum of feminists, if you will, which ranges from radical feminists to those who believe in the idea of feminism but are uncomfortable with embracing and supporting the cause; to each their own.

But what does it mean to be labelled a liberal feminist?

Just run a simple google search on ‘I am a liberal feminist’ and this is what comes up as the top 2 results.

Search results

 

And well according to the trolls, I am one of those women “who thinks women at home means women imprisonment.”

To you my ignorant friends I have this to say:

feminist-housewife-1

So, O’ sweet strange troll I would just like to thank youΒ for making me realize that yes I am a feminist and a rather liberal one at that and that I believe in equality and and and that I will always speak up against bogus ideas and people who are stuck in the dark ages and believe that women belong at home; it should be a choice. Also, Identity crisis resolved!

kate Nash

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2 thoughts on “Identity Crisis Resolved: I am a Liberal Feminist

  1. darlenecraviotto says:

    I am sending you a great big hug because yes, you truly understand what it’s all about. So many women are afraid of being labelled a feminist that they haven’t taken the time to really look into what feminism is all about. I know this because I was one of those women. Long story short – I dropped out of college the first time I went and years later went back. But I didn’t know what I wanted for my major. I took a couple of classes (ones I thought would be easy) and one of those was a women’s studies class. O.M.G. I learned so much in that class, and one of the big points I learned was that feminism isn’t just about women. To quote belle hooks, “Feminist politics aims to end domination, to free us to be who we are – to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace. Feminism is for everybody.” Feminism is a movement that identifies with the marginalized in our society – not just marginalized with gender, but also according to race, class, sexuality, and any other categories that can be used to marginalize individuals. It is much more than just women centered, although women certainly are marginalized. So if anyone uses “feminist” in any other way, they’re just showing you that they don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re simply using some outdated and untrue talking-points from the 1970s and puhleasssse! How ancient is THAT way of thinking?! And as a side note: I lived through that period of time and women were NOT burning their bras. They were talking to one another and speaking out, but hey, what’s wrong with THAT? People in power don’t want us talking to one another and having conversations with one another because maybe we might start to challenge the status quo. So what’s the best way of stopping a movement that encourages dialogue that challenges the institutions of power? Lie about them and paint them out to be these ridiculous buffoons that no one would ever want to identify with. So they called feminists bra-burning, raging, and anti-men. But you totally looked past that and saw the truth, Ria. I salute you, and thank you for writing such an important post.

    • roastedkeyboard says:

      Hey Darlene! Thank you for your comment, which was enlightening as always! Haha plenty of people told me to shove it up my own arse after this post but there were a lot of positive comments as well. What I don’t understand is, is there a need for all this hate? Someone said to me, feminism is about equal rights for women and not for all. What does that even mean?

      Doesn’t equal rights for women mean we will all have equal rights? equal rights, equal love, equal punishment for all (yes I said it! why should there be a longer sentence for men who committed the same crime?) and equal opportunities.

      I am not a fan of women who portray themselves as being damsels in distress, what is up with that, HONESTLY!

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