Today is international women’s day – yass women. However my joy over the day was somewhat stilted when I saw a quote from Katy Perry posted by some man on instagram which read “I’m not a feminist but I believe in the strength of women”. Great, so you believe in the strength of women but don’t believe they should be given equal opportunities, given equal rights, treated equally. That, in its simplest form, is feminism. The oxford dictionary defines feminism as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of equality of the sexes”. It isn’t the idea – that is held by many – that feminists hate men, have to grow their armpit hair and live in a commune with other feminists. Maya Angelou once said “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side”. That is what feminism is – supporting other women in the fight for equal rights for all women. And that’s what it is, it’s a fight. And this is the time to come together and keep pushing for equality. Women should be able to live their lives the way they want to. Girls should be taught that they can do anything they put they mind to, because they can. Want to be a architect? Great. Want to be a hairdresser? Excellent. Want to be a world leader? You go for it girl.
Women are fantastic. We are strong, intelligent and brave. We should be supporting each other so that when we’re faced with misogyny and sexist bullshit, we have each other for support and encouragement.
I am a feminist – because feminist is not a dirty word.