A common anti-feminist caricature is of a hippie-looking (I will leave you to interpret that) woman shouting and marching on the steps of Capitol Hill with a picket sign, or wearing a sandwich board with the words “Strong, Independent Woman” written on the front.
I support political activism as much as the next person, but people forget that feminism transcends politics.
I am not a political activist, but feminism describes how I was brought up and how I carry myself everyday. To me, feminism means:
For myself and others. I expect that others give me the same basic respect I give them. I don’t like being treated as a prize to be won, or someone to just be used. I do not appreciate people judging me solely based on the traits I was born with. Therefore, I make it a point to respect others for who, and not what, they are.
2.) Individual freedom.
People should have the freedom to choose their own lifestyle, provided they are not hurting anyone. I appreciate feminism, and other civil rights efforts, for helping us achieve this ideal.
Okay, I needed a third point. But it’s true. As much as I have been hurt by hate, I center my life on what I love. And trust me, I still know what it is.
So there you have it. I don’t wear sandwich boards with it written on it. I don’t tag it on the end of my first date introductions. I don’t even really talk about it (except for writing about it on the interwebs.) I just do it.
To fellow community members: Why are you a feminist? Feel free to share.