10 Things You Can Do AND Be A Feminist

So the other day, a guy I know made some sort of joke commanding me to do something to which I replied, “I don’t do commands.” He then asked if I was a feminist with genuine curiosity. I said, “Yes, of course.” And then he went into this whole thing about how I couldn’t let guys open doors for me and yada, yada, yada.

I was super annoyed because he was listing off the exact feminist stereotypes that feminists want to shut down. These stereotypes suck because they’re totally untrue. We make fun of those stereotypes in order to help people understand how ridiculous they are.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about all of the things you can do AND be a feminist at the same time. Just because you do these things doesn’t mean you’re not a feminist or that you’re a bad feminist. It just means you’re a person who likes to do what you like to do.

Click through to find out what you can do and be a feminist!

What do you think? Can you be a feminist and do all of these things? Is there anything you want to add to the list? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Red Bull

    I took the quiz “Are you a feminist” and the first question was about abortion. You can be against abortion and still be a feminist. All women have a right to be born, own a gun, and participate in a Laissez faire capitalist society!

  • Corynn

    I love the idea, but something’s a little off in the wording — it came across to me as a little critical towards feminists reading the piece.

    I don’t think that was the intent, considering the content was all about knocking down a few feminist stereotypes. When I got to the first slide, though, it felt like the author was saying “Hey feminists! Shave your legs. You don’t need to be unshaven to prove a point.” I dunno about you, but that sounds pretty alienating to feminists who chose not to shave, even with the throwaway “but not shaving is ok, too” line at the end of the caption.

    There were other moments that didn’t sit right with me, but I’ll stop there because it all boils down to the following:

    Perhaps if the highlighted points were less “you, even as a feminist, can still do X” and more “feminists are not restricted from X simply by being a feminist,” the article would have been less off-putting — at least to me, a feminist who is very gung-ho about shaving and primping and letting romantic partners take care of me because that’s what *I* like.

    After all, this whole movement is about getting the world to recognize me as an equal individual whose choices are respected. …Right?

  • Char
  • Saeryen

    I love this! At another site, a couple women said they don’t identify as feminists probably because of these stereotypes.

  • C

    I know you guys post a lot about feminism – some pages are a little confusing, some a bit weird, but some aren’t bad, like this one. But the reason I’m not a feminist is not because I don’t believe women and men should be equal (I do believe that women and men should be equal!), it’s because I don’t like labels. I don’t like calling myself “feminist” because I don’t like labelling others or myself.

    A lot of your posts sort of shame girls for not being feminist, like “Your Posts About Feminism Are Breaking My Heart”, when you said that we sort of can’t get away from being a feminist, which is actually quite forceful and a little strange compared to your normal policy of no shaming and “be nice”. Whether or not a woman wants to be a feminist or not, whether she not believes men and women should be equal, is THEIR CHOICE and THEIRS ONLY.

    I’m a woman with my own opinion. You might think I’m wrong, but please, accept another girl’s opinion for a change rather than hate her for it, Gurl!