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Friday, 20 March 2015

Feminism Through Your Eyes #2

Here's part two of my very well going project: Project Feminism. Comments are always welcome and if you want your piece to be published too, submit it to me right here.


"I'm a feminist because a boy in my class told me that men are stronger than women in every way possible and he wasn't ashamed of what he said when i asked him "what about your mother?"
I'm a feminist because today i heard someone say "i think pretty women are better than men and ugly women are below."
I'm a feminist because my father yells at me when I say I am a feminist and says "i dont care you are still a girl and you have to learn how to cook"
I'm a feminist because a female artist has to reveal flesh to be heard and a male artist only needs his voice
I'm a feminist because my friend told me to watch out what i was saying about rape because there were men around
I'm a feminist because I have the need to call that friend when I arrive just to make sure she is okay and non of my brother's friends to that.
I'm a feminist because the male dormitory students are allowed outside on the weekend when female ones aren't because rape culture is still a thing
I'm a feminist because I feel obligated to dress well because what might people think if i left house with sweatpants?
I am a feminist because I have to watch, every single day, a boy checking out my friend's legs because she is pretty.
I am a feminist because every time a man follows me for longer than a minute, I grab my phone ready to call the police.
I'm a feminist as loud as I can be because every day I see tons of people saying "I support equality but I don't hate men" as if I do.
I'm a feminist because when I say I'm gonna become a doctor, I face much more difficulties than my male friend who says the exact same thing.
I'm a feminist because there is a teacher in our school calls girls out to the board, checks them out and gives them oral grades accordingly. I'm a feminist because one of the girls told me this laughing as if it's a funny story.
I'm a feminist because even though I'll push their faces out of my vagina, my sons will get to have some control of me when they're older.
I'm a feminist because my uncle decides who my grandmother votes and he is an alcoholic.
I'm a feminist because I'm afraid of having a male teacher just because of the possibility that he might assault me.
I'm a feminist because most of the rape scenes in movies are to cause man pain instead of trying to show what a woman feels after the monster comes and ruins her perfectly fine life.
I'm a feminist because a lot of very capable women(including one of my aunts) has to stay at home and take care of the children  when they could be doing what they really want. My mother wasn't at home to raise me but I turned out just okay.
I'm a feminist because i need to ask people if they're a feminist or not because there still are people who aren't.
I'm a feminist because when people see me react madly to their comments on how they are better than me because they have a penis, they just assume i'm on my period
I'm a feminist because the boy sitting at my back receives tons of boob pics each day and his longest relationship lasted 3 days.
I'm a feminist because unless I say a loud and clear "no" there was blurry "consent"
I'm a feminist because some people are afraid to say they are but I'm not. I'm a feminist because i will not accept to be any less than a man when our only difference is our chromosomes. Xx or xy shouldnt be that big of a deal.
I'm a feminist because i believe in equality and I'm not afraid to say so.
I'm a feminist. I am a feminist."

Anonymous


"I wanted to talk about my experience of feminism. Let’s just make one thing clear - I’ve never experienced any opression myself. But I still have some experience of feminism and through the last 2 years it has meant a lot to me.

Feminism has taught me so much. Through social media (mostly tumblr and twitter) and through friends who are much more educated than me, I’ve learned much more (and more important things) than I’ve done in the last 10 years of school. I have learned about opression, cultural appropriation, sexism, racism, patriarchy and much more. But one of the most important things I’ve learnt is that just because I’m not experiencing opression doesn’t mean it doesn’t exsist. A friend of mine once said that we don’t need feminism because women, in her opinion and experience, are not opressed. But I am not a feminst because I want things to be better for me. I am a feminist for my mother, for my friends, for my future children, for every women in an abusive relationship, for every victim of rape, for every single female who has ever felt bad or has experienced some kind of opression.

Feminism is so much more than just equal pay. I saw this picture (http://fuckyoustiles.tumblr.com/post/109765465467) that said “If your feminism isn’t fat positive, anti racist, trans inclusive, pro choice, challening ableism or against classism, then who is it even for?” and that opened my eyes so much. I think that’s something to think about, ‘cause it’s so important as a feminist to include everyone.

I feel like I’ve become a better person since I was introduced to feminism. It has made me feel better about myself and I am constantly trying to be the best person I can be. I still make mistakes and say problematic things, but I’m still learning and trying my best. I really wanted to write something to contribute to this project and I tried my best to include as much as possible in just a short text. If there is something you’re wondering about please ask me!"

Matilda-17-Sweden-fuckyoustiles


"I need feminism because I shouldn’t have to be scared to walk alone at night or have to carry around pepper spray in fear that a man will try and attack me. It’s a horrible feeling to be scared every time I go somewhere alone. My point is that I don’t want to get attacked just because I’m a woman. I want to be able to walk to my favorite coffee shop without being aware of everything that’s around me 24/7. I want to be as equal as a man would be in this situation."

Kayla-16-USA-bellamysbooty

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