I've been meaning to do this post for a while but I've been putting it off. And after writing a few lines it'll probably remain in my drafts for a little while longer.* But this is something that is really important to me, more important than clothes or makeup or even tea(!!!)
I am a feminist. I have been a feminist since I was about 14, when Tumblr started getting bombarded with text posts about inequality between women and men and all those in between. I bought Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti, and read it over a weekend. And that's when the ranting started, every single time a family member says anything sexist then there will be a frantically escalating debate probably resulting in me crying tears of rage (I will develop decent argumentative skills one day).
Nobody can deny that feminism right now is a bit on-trend. People are becoming feminists because people they are friends with and people they admire are becoming feminists. And so what? I would not have realised the importance for feminism if it weren't for the popularity of feminist Tumblr posts, but it doesn't make me any less of one today. People are welcomed in by the fad but are most likely going to stay forever feminist.
Since I started writing this post, Emma Watson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and probably a mass of other celebrities I don't follow so closely have been contributing to feminism. And Sam Pepper has contributed to the ever-existing patriarchy. Groan. I probably should have written and posted it while it was most relevant, but it's kind of always going to be relevant. Relevant to me, relevant to you, relevant to all women and all men and all people.
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.
I left this post kinda open, but I hope to do a follow up soon. How would you feel about seeing a regular (weekly, bi weekly..?) feminist post on this here blog? It's a subject that means the world to me and I'd love to get other people involved and on board.
*It has been 7 weeks since writing that sentence!