This post does a great job of explaining the differences between a good and a bad feminist. Oh wait, there’s no such thing. Being a feminist does good and brings positive change no matter what “kind” of feminist you are.
If you are reading this right now and thinking to yourself “But what about all those crazy bra burning feminists who are super radical?!” Well, uneducated skeptic, I say to you: First of all, the bra burning thing didn’t actually happen, and really, we need the more radical feminists to pave change for those who are maybe not so outspoken or as confident. Real change takes time, but it starts with a group of people who are “radical and crazy” to show others that maybe what they’re trying to convey isn’t all that insane after all.
“Revolution is not a one time event.” -Audre Lorde
Furthermore, let us think about the times when it was easier to preach lies and dishonesty. That does more harm because it creates a false fassad of security, believing that this world is an equal and kind place. It is more painful to spread truth, but it is your duty.
“I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk throught the rain.” -Audre Lorde
Recently, a quiz went viral on Buzzfeed.com that decided if women were doing feminism wrong. This quiz caused quite a lot of controversy- manly from women who thought that Buzzfeed itself bought into views of these feminist conversations. Obviously, the quiz was meant to be a satire and bring attention to the absurdity of women needing to conform to a specific type of feminism to make a difference. But, their ultimate thought was not made clear- as it probably should have been at the end of the quiz.
My romance/erotica publisher actually found this quiz first, and we decided to take it together and compare our answers. She got “Feminist Mary Poppins,” while I got “Problematic Feminist.” Now, looking at the differences between her and me- our age, experiences, and the cultures we live in (college culture vs. established publishing society) – it’s obvious that we would get very…
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