I am a Feminist

Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.

In this day and age Feminism is a dirty word, a funny episode in a TV series (Remember when Howard went topless in the SU in Fresh Meat) and something to be ignored. In my everyday life co-workers and friends light heartedly mock me for my left wing, feminist ways but surely everyone should be a feminist?

If you put "feminist" into google this is what comes up:
"the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men"

Equality is the most important part of that message for me. I feel like in recent years things have gone backwards or I've started noticing it more perhaps. Breastfeeding has become a major issue in recent years with mothers being either shamed for not doing it or hidden away in the corner of a public place covered by a table cloth. Then theres nudity. Nipples are still censored on social media channels, yet a topless picture of a man isn't.

Women are sexualised to the point where are bodies are no longer our own. There have been times recently where because I know I am a slim, healthy person I've chosen not to wear a particular item of clothing in case it was considered too sexy or inappropriate. Page 3 both ended and then sadly returned.

Then theres career prospects. I have only ever worked for Male Management/bosses. Men are still paid more than women. Children are considered a luxury in many jobs. Women are still asked how they "juggle" a career and children. I've never heard this question asked of a man.

In parliament you will struggle to see a split of male and female MPs which reflects the population, 51% of the UK being female. The main political leaders who are female are ignored, sidelined and criticised for being too aggressive when they act no differently from the men.

Not so long ago a woman was describing a man she knew, telling me that he had been the "man of the house" since he was fourteen. The whole concept of "man of the house" is so dated now I was blown away. The term itself refers to a time where women couldn't vote, own property or work. I do all those things. Although I have a live in boyfriend, we are equal (if anything I own the house, so no male superiority there). Another friend recently kept referring to her "blonde moments" which I had to smile, swallow down and ignore. Not only are we victims but we self perpetuate gender stereotypes too.

None of the issues here are okay. We shouldn't celebrate equality or diversity, it should come as standard. Im not 100% sure of what this post is meant to achieve but I think more people need to be open about standing up for equal rights and making sure that feminism is no longer a dirty word with negative connotations. I am a twenty six year old woman, who occasionally shaves her legs, most of the time I don't, wears make up, wears a bra, likes dresses and skirts and
who demands to be paid the same as her male counter parts, votes, owns property and doesn't need a "man of the house".

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