25 Reasons I Need Feminism

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Who Needs Feminism? is a Tumblr started by 16 college students at the (male-dominated) Duke University. They bravely started the blog, where anyone can submit photos with declarations of why they need feminism, in order to convince their fellow students that feminism is still very real and very necessary for equal treatment of women and men in society.

Here is an excerpt from their awesome mission statement:

“Identify yourself as a feminist today and many people will immediately assume you are man-hating, bra-burning, whiny liberal. Perhaps a certain charming radio talk show host will label you as a “Feminazi” or “slut.” Even among more moderate crowds, feminism is still seen as too radical, too uncomfortable, or simply unnecessary. Feminism is both misunderstood and denigrated regularly right here on Duke’s campus. We, the 16 women of Professor Rachel Seidman’s course on Women in the Public Sphere, have decided to fight back against these popular misconceptions surrounding the feminist movement.”

I love this Tumblr and it’s amazing to see young women who really understand that feminism isn’t about walking around pissed at dudes all day. It’s about acknowledging the common struggles women and men are subjected to because “society” thinks girls must be one way and boys another. It’s about recognizing the shame we senselessly feel for wanting to be “thinner” because girls are supposed to be or for being a boy who likes to cry because crying is a girl thing. That’s why I need feminism.

Here are 25 other good reasons from Who Needs Feminism?.


I Need Feminism Because

"My teammates and I shouldn't be called lesbians because we play basketball."

I Need Feminism Because

"1.3 women are raped each minute in the U.S."

I Need Feminism Because

"People still tell me, 'You're too pretty to be gay.'"

I Need Feminism Because

"Pretending I am stupid just to make a guy feel smart is beneath me."

I Need Feminism Because

"My period does NOT invalidate my opinion!"

I Need Feminism Because

"After 20 years it has taught me that your genitals do not dictate how you act, what you feel or who you are. Men have feelings too."

I Need Feminism Because

"I don't want to live in a world where a guy sees nothing wrong with saying, 'I would never date a slut.'"

I Need Feminism Because

"Even though I'm posting a photo for a cause, I still feel like I have to pick one that makes me look PRETTY!"

I Need Feminism Because

"My university teaches 'How To Avoid Getting Raped' instead of 'Don't Rape' at freshman orientation."

I Need Feminism Because

"My chemistry teacher used the word 'woman' as an insult."

I Need Feminism Because

"I need feminism because the things that me 'unlady-like' are 'IDEAL' in men."

I Need Feminism Because

"In my country (Mexico) women are killed just because they're women. And the government doesn't defend us!"

I Need Feminism Because

"'Do I look fat in this?' is my first reaction when trying on clothes instead of 'Do I like this?' or 'Is this comfortable?'. The media and society have taught me that being SKINNY is more important.

I Need Feminism Because

"I need feminism because as a 5'0", person of color, no one takes me seriously and everyone undermines me."

I Need Feminism Because

"Today is the first time in a long time that I've felt OK leaving my house without makeup because I should have ever needed to change my appearance to be comfortable with is . . . no one should!"

I Need Feminism Because

"(When the time comes) I would like to be the one who proposes to him."

I Need Feminism Because

"My dad should not be telling me what to put in my body or tell me how much I should weigh based on society's standards."

I Need Feminism Because

"I hate being called a cougar for dating a boy two years younger than me . . . because my best friend shouldn't assume I have an STD because I love having sex with said boy."

I Need Feminism Because

"I am sick and tired of sexist and misogynistic lyrics in popular songs."

I Need Feminism Because

"Women shouldn't need to go to men to know if their own body is normal and beautiful!!!"

I Need Feminism Because

"Even though my body is biologically engineered for motherhood, it doesn't mean I can't still enjoy sex for the sheer PLEASURE."

I Need Feminism Because

"I should be able to go grocery shopping at my local farmer/grocer without getting barked at, by a human being no less, and getting looked at so ferally that I fear for my safety and feel violated just from the way they looked at my body."

I Need Feminism Because

"My boyfriend should never be told that he is 'less of a man' because he is dating an older, educated, aggressive woman. Feminism HELPS men."

I Need Feminism Because

"During my abuser's trial, his daughter wrote a letter saying that I was an 'attention seeking, lying slut.'"

I Need Feminism Because

"I want to be a high-ranking intelligence officer for the Air Force, travel the world, and eventually work for the CIA . . . And not be judged because I'm a woman who's good at what I do."

You can submit your own photo right here!

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38 Comments

  1. avatar JW says:

    Superior labour saving technology, is what led to the shift away from manual work which automatically led to the erosion of the role of male (manual worker) as provder and female as nurturer, and an increase in free time for both sexes, which in turn opened avenues for the general population to achieve higher education, which by default led the implementation of philosophical no brainers like legal equality in most areas and a debunking of inherent mental inferiority or superiority beliefs between sexes and races which altogether gave the appearance of lessened female reliance on males, which leads to automatic overturning of former patriarchal values. Historically such overturning usually signaled the end of a civilization, but it remains to be seen whether that’s the case now, with increased scientific advances.
    Second and Third wave Feminism’s just been riding an inevitable wave and claiming credit for it, when it barely did anything useful besides annoy a lot of people.

    Who needs Feminism indeed.

  2. avatar JW says:

    I need feminism to stop piggybacking and claiming credit for the achievements of self made women, scientific advancement and reason. Both of which are entirely responsible for women having equal rights in the western world.

    As opposed to feminism that has only held society back by painting women as the eternal victim needing ever more social programmes, barriers, rights and protections against males.

    Feminism is about equality yes, but feminists have a very unique idea of what that equality entails.

    Because of the patriarchy, a big faceless conspiracy, a goalpost that always moves men will always be privileged, so women need as much help as possible to compete, with no heed to balance to mens actual rights.

    If all men treated you truly equally, you would become lesbian overnight.

    I need feminism to stop claiming to be championing the cause of ethnic minority men. We aren’t idiots and won’t be subjected to divide and conquer. We stand by our white cis gendered brethren.

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