Am I a feminist or a feminist supporter? I struggle with this question. I love empowering women, but does that constitute for being a feminist. Do I have to protest? I have done breast cancer walks, and attended summits for women… Does that make me a feminist? I always try to stay on top of women in the media; the good the bad and the ugly.
I am a mentor for young women. I started a woman’s empowerment website because I think of myself as a great communicator; someone younger women should look up to. I carry myself in a respectable manner. Other women admire my class. Does that make me a feminist? I believe in equal rights for human kind; not just women.
Over the next few weeks I plan on indulging myself in as much feminist studies and research as I possibly can. I have never honestly paid much attention to the “f-word.” I see the word, I understood certain factors of it, however, I don’t really know the objective of feminism nor whether I should define myself as a feminist.
Most of the connotations that travel with the word are negative. I think the negative ideals of feminism are what deter me the most from associating my name with feminism (butch; biased).
Comparable to Rory Dicker’s young adult life, I have just begun to indulge into learning more about woman and gender studies. As a woman in my early twenties, I just know that I am an equal opportunist. I don’t know exactly what a feminist is. I do know this, my Mom told me to “always be a lady.” My mother instilled into her girls to always stand up for ourselves…Does that make me a feminist? I really am confused right now…I am enjoying the readings assigned in Women and Communications thus far. I think with the opinions of authors and my peers, by the conclusion of this class I should have a clear idea as to whether I should or can label myself as a feminist.