Yes, I said it and I will say it again: IT IS 2014, WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS!
In case you didn’t know, or haven’t heard the wise words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Beyoncé’s “Flawless” track, it doesn’t take much to classify as a feminist.
“Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
With this definition in mind, we should all feel ashamed of ourselves if we have ever looked down upon, laughed at, or even ignorantly disregarded anyone we considered to be an irrational feminist. The laws of feminism really are not that difficult. In this day-and-age, we should all strive to be feminists. You think I sound crazy, huh? Let me put it this way: If you believe your mother, sisters and even your most ratchet of aunties deserve the same rights and privileges as her male counterparts, you my friend, are a feminist. So, all that gibberish about feminism only being a radical movement needs to exit stage left!
I will admit that many activists have made it difficult to proudly associate with the feminist movement due to their extreme and radical methods — who wants someone pushing her ideals about anything down their throat? I get it. But we shouldn’t let the extremists allow our sound judgement to be clouded and cause us to ignore the simplicity of the true meaning of equality. At the end of the day, women should not be the only people considered feminists, nor should they be the only people who take women’s rights seriously. It’s amazing what a united front of men and women can do to actually achieve the sought out change.
Let’s take a look at this topic from another perspective: how would we feel if the people who fought and died for the civil rights of African Africans and other minority groups received the same stigma as feminists? Rather than praising them for their efforts, we called them “Integrationists” and rolled our eyes every time they spoke about the deserved rights of minorities. I can’t even imagine the amount of riots that would occur if the same attitudes feminists receive consistently were cast upon minority groups throughout their fight for equality. Are we telling protestors for Mike Brown and other racially fueled controversies to “shut-up”? No, because people are more afraid to be deemed a racist than a sexist. The possibility of earning either title should be equally feared.
Ultimately, if wanting equality for all people makes you a nuisance – so be it! Bottom line: we all have women in our lives that we would absolutely kill for if we ever witnessed anyone doing any wrongdoing towards her. Therefore the standards of those wrongdoings should not-all-of-a-sudden become blurred simply because we don’t want to be labeled a feminist. Grow up.
For anyone that needs a little feminist pick-me-up, check out this video in honor of some of the world’s most inspiring women.