For a word that has been around since at least 1895, the term “feminism” is a fairly controversial one. This is not technically surprising! It’s a word that, for many people, is most commonly associated with things like burning bras and unshaved armpits and aggressive spoken word poetry (things I am fully in favor of, by the way), but feminism, on its most basic level, is generally defined as the political, economic and social equality of the sexes, which is only controversial if you are, like…a bad person? I don’t know. Either way, it makes people shy away from being labeled as a feminist, when in actuality, they do things all the time that make them, technically, feminists, and they don’t even realize it.
You can (and should!) get a more comprehensive definition of feminism and the ways it can impact your life from a Women’s and Gender Studies 101 class at a liberal arts college, a wide breadth of feminist literature that you have to choose from, or the many awesome, free, feminist websites and resources you can look at. But I am not here to tell you what to think! I am here, instead, to remind you of the things you (probably) already do all the time, and why that makes you a feminist. Don’t take the label if you really don’t want to, but hey – at least now you know.
1. Taking a picture with a dear friend and finding that they look slightly better than you, but putting it on Instagram anyway:
taking a picture in which you look okay but your friend looks slightly better and instagramming it anyway is the only true act of feminism
— Sara Hendricks (@shendrickslamar) January 7, 2017
2. Giving a tampon to a girl in need, even if you don’t know her:
Confirmed number one place to ask for a tampon is your feminist theology class
— Emma (@EH519) December 12, 2015
3. Or like her (yet):
the best way I know how to make friends is bringing extra tampons to school bc we don't have tampon dispensers #freetamps
— DEJ LOAF (@sophienye1896) March 9, 2016
4. Ditto with a hair tie:
Why women wear black hair ties on our wrists:
-tie back hair
-emergency rubber band
-secret source of all our power, shh, don't tell anyone
— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) October 7, 2016
5. Knowing how to mask your true intentions:
ITEMS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD OWN:
-Little Black Dress
-Strappy s- ok now that the men have stopped reading, we revolt at dawn.
— Anna Fitzpatrick (@bananafitz) May 4, 2016
6. Telling your friend her hair looks bad when she needs to hear it:
When you tell her you got a bad haircut and look ugly and she agrees.. pic.twitter.com/kk56avvi5R
— John (@john_krummel) January 7, 2017
Like right before school picture day when she decided to, like, crimp it or something. You need to fix that now.
7. And that it looks good (even if it technically doesn’t) when she needs to hear that:
Like right after a haircut that, yes, is disastrous, but what is she supposed to do about that right now? You can fix it later.
8. Knowing that your period is really just a means of preparing you to slay your enemies:
On the one hand getting your period sucks but on the other it makes you totes unfazed when the blood of your enemies spills into your hands
— Siobhan Thompson (@vornietom) September 4, 2016
9. Opening a jar of pickles by yourself, even if it’s just to spite someone else:
— tereza (@mattyftharry) September 20, 2015
10. Knowing a double standard when you see one:
✨ stop ✨ shaming ✨ girls ✨ for ✨ being ✨ sexual ✨ after ✨ you've ✨ sexualized ✨ us ✨ for ✨ most ✨ of ✨ our ✨ lives ✨
— mina (@shezumi) October 17, 2015
11. Calling your friend when she’s on a bad date (or party, or whatever) to get her out of it:
Every time I want a guest to leave I get my friend to call me with a fake problem. I'm a terrible human I know pic.twitter.com/mnKTR4HEVi
— Charlotte Bettinson (@CharFleur) January 15, 2017
12. Trying to stop yourself from crying in public until you realize that crying might even make you more powerful:
Sometimes I spontaneously start crying to scare people.
— jade (@eternally_j8ded) January 18, 2015
13. Getting really into feminist art memes:
Spent about 15 hours stitching this feminist art meme 😂 pic.twitter.com/evK0s3R6ke
— Hanecdote 💞 (@Hanecdote) October 1, 2016
14. Calling your dear friends “ho,” but in, like a fun way, and with the explicit understanding that it can never be used in a derogatory manner:
I like being able to call my friends mean names to their faces and it's acceptable, sometimes even encouraged. It's true friendship💓💓
— Emma (@emmasuncion) November 2, 2016
15. Listening to the Solange album, like, fifteen times in one sitting:
Solange's new album just made me a problack intersectional feminist and im not taking no more coonery from none of yall!
— #1 Celibate Tweeter (@SaigeSmoove) September 30, 2016
Do you do any of these things? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!
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