Contemporary Feminism & You

This is an ever changing world that we live in. Culture is always evolving, and we adjust our behaviors to comply to cultural standards.

One ideal that is always changing along with culture is feminism. There have been many unofficial waves of feminism throughout recent years (last 150).

Sometimes it’s hard to grasp concepts that are lost in long paragraphs with lots of big words and lengthy philosophical explanations, so here are some of the very best visual aids I could muster to spark conversation about this whole feminism thing and why we ALL need it. Collectively, these pictures are a great way to think about feminism today. I don’t think that feminism can be completely summed up by some memes or pictures, but I think it is a good way to explain a very complex subject. Some pictures are funny, some are weird, but all of them are relate-able and pretty accurate. I’m not interested in lecturing about feminism, because really, it deserves so much more than that, and after all a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some of my favorite (and most appropriate) pictures about feminism:

 

 

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We all need feminism. It’s never been about women being better than men.

 

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It’s about fundamental rights for women to be equal to men. It’s about equality, human rights for all, and no more ‘isms.’

Being a feminist is about always learning and seeing society’s systems working against us, instead of for us.  A notion for positive change for all.

 

As always, Audre Lorde says it best:

 

“I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.”

I began to ask each time: “What’s the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?” Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, “disappeared” or run off the road at night. Our speaking out will irritate some people, get us called bitchy or hypersensitive and disrupt some dinner parties. And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”

 

 

**This marks the end of the common book for WS202**

 

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