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!
Shave Your Legs
You can shave your legs and be a feminist. You don't have to let all your body hair grow out to prove a point. And if you don't want to shave, that's great too!
Let A Guy Pay For A Meal
You can let a guy pay for a date and be a feminist. There is nothing wrong with letting a guy treat you to a meal. If a guy wants to woo you, and you're cool with it, let him woo away!
Let A Guy Open Doors For You
You can let a guy open the door for you and be a feminist. He's not saying that you can't open the door yourself. You are quite capable of opening doors, but he's being polite, like a nice human being. If a guy wants to open your door or hold it open, say "Thank you" and hold the door open for someone else!
Wear A Bra
You can wear a bra and be a feminist. I don't know where this idea came from that feminists don't wear bras. If you can walk around bra-less, more power to ya! But yes, you can wear a bra because our boobs need support.
Be Super Into Fashion And Shopping
You can be into fashion and shopping and be a feminist. As Tavi Gevinson said, fashion and feminism can be friends!
You can wear heels and be a feminist. Heels are wonderful, even though they hurt sometimes. If you want to walk around in pumps, you do you. Feminism doesn't want to kill your strut!
Love The Color Pink
You can love the color pink and be a feminist. Pink is such a fun color! The accent color in my room is neon pink, and feminism has yet to kick me out.
Binge-Eat Chocolate And Other Sweets
You can stuff your face with chocolate, cupcakes, Ben & Jerry's, Oreos and whatever else you want and still be a feminist. This somehow has become a traditionally "girly" thing to do, but so what? Sweets are the best, and you can eat your feelings if you want.
Love Rom Coms
You can love rom coms and be a feminist. You can totally be down with How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Friends With Benefits. Let's be real. Even guys love rom coms.
You can wear makeup and be a feminist. Makeup is amazing! It's fun to put on and makes you feel pretty! There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
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!