I do not want to get political; I just want to be honest.
In just one semester at college, I managed to make two speeches about slut-shaming and analyze another speech about overall feminism. If I was not sure about it before, I am sure now: I am a feminist and I could not be more proud. I have never seen a problem with the word, but I have now been shown the real power and importance behind the idea of feminism.
I would like to share with you all what I wish everyone could take the time to see, learn from, and stand with as a new feminist. Feminism is about equality, which is a part of so many things.
Slut-Shaming: All Hail Emily Lindin
The key to public speaking is speaking about something you are passionate about. Although my family never understood my chosen topics, making two speeches on the topic of slut shaming was very important to me. I was inspired by Emily Lindin, founder of The UnSlut Project–which is “Undoing the dangerous sexual bullying and ‘slut’ shaming in our schools, communities, media, and culture” (Twitter). My classmates expressed to me that they did not know this was a problem, so I am glad there are people out there devoted to stopping an issue that I have experienced myself (solely for the way I dressed on a hot day).
HeForShe: Everyone’s Girl-Crush, Emma Watson
Emma Watson has spent the majority of her life in the spotlight as an actress, but more importantly she has made somewhat of a name for herself as an intelligent, caring feminist. People expected her to behave a certain way when she earned the title of a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. This title, even combined with her Brown and Oxford University educations, is still seen as the least of her accomplishments and that might just be part of the problem that she was honored to become an ambassador. Watson speaks on behalf of women around the world in order to change people’s views on feminism in relation to how men view the word as well.
All very different women; All feminists in my eyes (even if not in theirs).
I will respect my fellow women in what they choose to call themselves, but I feel an extra sense of pride for women who take the title to the next level. I am both anxious and excited to see other women’s successes as well as my own, and I only hope that our strength leads to better results for women in difficult situations. Check out or follow the amazing women above because although they are making lot of great changes, we could all one day be in the same ranks if we have enough courage and passion.
Forever a Feminist,