This is a legitimate question.
When I was little, I associated the word feminist with a very girly-girl. And I wanted to be one. I envisioned pink hair ribbons and curls, sparkly jewels and high-heeled shoes.
This may sound like a farce, but throughout my life, all I’ve ever learned about feminism came from abstract references made my persons in the midst of an argument. In my childhood home, it was never directly addressed, but I seem to recall that it was spoken like a dirty word. Something you weren’t supposed to want to be.
And being that I am all grown up, with a family of my own, and am short on the strong female presence in my daily life (Not counting family. Love you, Mom!)I find myself asking this question and hoping for an honest answer. Because the label, as with so many others, seems to devalue and mislead the intention behind it.
Wikipedia defines the feminist movement as follows:
Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.
Then, there is this:
It’s a few years old, but it got me wondering.
As we all know, the passage of time and our world and political views affect the way we think. And I can research all I want about this, but nothing I dig up in the archives of the internet is going to tell me what it is like, what it means to live by this set of mysterious values. So I am wondering, in this day and age, considering how far the movement of feminism has come since birth, what does it really mean to be a feminist?
Are there rules? Does it have to define your political affiliations? Can you be Pro-life, and a feminist? Can you be a stay-at-home mom?
I want answers beyond the stereo-types. I want the truth.
So, if all you wonderful people out there would like to post your opinions in the comment section, I would be most grateful for the education.