I am a Feminist!

Well, if Hermione Granger can say it, so can I.  All joking aside, Emma Watson’s speech at the UN was amazing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE). I highly recommend you listen to it. The main point was that men need to become advocates. This isnt a new theory, women have been pushing this for awhile.  Besides my research, I am active in a group called in Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).  WEPAN is the nation’s leading organization and catalyst for transforming culture in engineering education to promote the success of all women.  I am currently on the Knowledge Center Committee which puts out a newsletter (http://www.wepan.org/).

Back to feminism. This is a serious issue, but there are some things that are actually very comical about it.

Example: Urban Dictionary

someone who believes the radical notion that women are people.
if you believe that women and men should have equal rights, you are a feminist. there’s nothing “extreme” about it.
Urban dictionary in general is a fun, joking website. However, this time, I really agree with the definition. The word feminist or feminism, has take on a such a negative connotation. You dont have to be a man hating, ball busting, woman to be a feminist. We just want everyone to be treated fairly. And I mean everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc. When I meet someone knew, of course, we all have those quick assessments. I try my best to let a person represent themselves based on their thoughts, actions, etc.
How about Webster’s Dictionary

fem·i·nism

: the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

: organized activity in support of women’s rights and interests

So there it is, the crazy idea that women and men should be equal.

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2 thoughts on “I am a Feminist!

  1. Being a feminist is more than simply believing that women and men should have equal rights. Being a feminist is doing something – taking action – with the goal of women having equal rights. Then there’s the messy part: doing something to end sexual violence, rape and trafficking; doing something to end domestic violence; doing something to end genital mutilation or the sale of child brides. Pick one and do something. Being a feminist is actively being engaged in making social change. Simply believing that inequality and violence against women is a bad thing makes someone a good person but it does not make them a feminist.

    • Thank you for the comment. I agree with you 100%. I do actively participate in groups working for social change. The blog was more in reference to the negative comments I hear about feminism. But you are right, there is a lot of work to do be done.

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