As long as women’s natural body hair is called disgusting and inappropriate while men’s isn’t, I am a feminist.

As long as I can’t watch an episode of a popular sitcom without having to sit through multiple sexist comments or “jokes”, I am a feminist.

As long as women have to face the rational fear of being sexually assaulted every time they walk home past dark while men don’t, I am a feminist.

As long as misogyny exists in any country in this world, I am a feminist.

As long as women are being raped, then stoned to death or forced to marry their rapist, I am a feminist.

As long as companies promote men to manager when there are women who are equally as or better qualified, because they find that men look more authoritative, I am a feminist.

As long as women (her choice of clothes, her friendly nature, her weakness, her choice to drink alcohol) get blamed when men rape them, I am a feminist.

As long women’s opinions on online social networks are dismissed with phrases like “tits or gtfo”, “get back to the kitchen”, “are you pms’ing?”, I am a feminist.

As long as dressing like a woman is degrading for men and as long as men are insulted with phrases like “you throw like a woman”, clearly implying that being like a woman is shameful, I am a feminist.

As long as both men are women are expected to work, but taking care of children and the household are still largely considered a woman’s job, I am a feminist.

As long as boys and girls are treated differently, expected to act differently, and surrounded by different toys and colours from the day they are born, I am a feminist.

As long as topless women aren’t allowed in public unless they’re on the cover of a men’s magazine, I am a feminist.

As long as women who have sex frequently are generally told they are “sluts”, “lacking self-respect” and “lacking morals” by both men and women, while men who frequently have sex are “just being men” and it’s “natural for them”, I am a feminist.

As long as there are places where women have to pay more for health insurance than men, I am a feminist.

As long as men experience situations with equal gender representation as female-dominated, and don’t consider a group discussion equal unless there are significantly more men than women participants (as has been proven), I am a feminist.

As long as there are men who think it’s their wife or girlfriend’s duty to have sex with them whenever they want, I am a feminist.

As long as the word feminism (“the movement aimed at equalrights for women”) has a negative connotation, I am a feminist.

As long as misogynistic people exist, I am a feminist.


2 thoughts on “feminist.

  1. amntn

    Tonight at the shop I saw a magazine with a headline reading ‘Women and Money: Why We Need to Take Control Now’. Of course media don’t get the idea behind equality – there’s nothing to buy! The woman ‘taking control’ of a household’s finances is just the same old struggle for control of resources. It’s a partnership.

    Am I guilty of some of the crimes mentioned in the post? Yup. I’m human. Like everyone else, I’m here to get better.

  2. Shantideva

    I bought a sewing machine yesterday… Yes… I know how to handle such a machine for years now and I did works for my mother and my sister years ago. Now I needed a new machine because the old one is broke and I have to do some sewing job for a club. When I entered the shop a kind woman asked me what I was interested to. I gave her exact explanations about a sewing machine and I wanted to have the cheapest one possible. I found a good a suiting machine and when I wanted to buy it, the woman looked at me with a very doubtfully face and asked me “I THIS machine for you???”. I answered “Yes”. She then started to explain me how such a machine works. I patiently waited till the end of the teaching and I paid the machine and today I have already finished all the work I had to do with that machine.
    But… What is the difference between me and a woman? Should I now become a masculinist because a woman insisted to explain me how a Singer sewing machine works (although these machines are working with the same parts since at least 30 years)???? No… I will not… I will certainly not revolt against her behaviour. There have been, and are still, countless of excellent tailors. I know how to handle such a machine and I am not offended by her reaction. She is my mirror. I don’t want to be something because if you want to be something, you are no longer free. So I am not a tailor, neither a masculinist… I just use a sewing machine that seems to be reserved to women these days and I am happy to be able to handle it like women to it today… Peace… I will not try to make concurrence… 😉


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