15 Small Things You Do All The Time That Actually Make You A Feminist

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:


2. Giving a tampon to a girl in need, even if you don’t know her:


3. Or like her (yet):


4. Ditto with a hair tie:


5. Knowing how to mask your true intentions:


6. Telling your friend her hair looks bad when she needs to hear it:

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:


9. Opening a jar of pickles by yourself, even if it’s just to spite someone else:


10. Knowing a double standard when you see one:


11. Calling your friend when she’s on a bad date (or party, or whatever) to get her out of it:


12. Trying to stop yourself from crying in public until you realize that crying might even make you more powerful:


13. Getting really into feminist art memes:


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:


15. Listening to the Solange album, like, fifteen times in one sitting:

Do you do any of these things? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!

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