“I’m a believer in that… I am a great believer in found families and I’m not a great believer in blood. Although I love my family, even the ones I grew up with, to me I’ve always felt that the people who treated you with respect and included you in their lives were your family and the people who were related to you by blood might happen to be those people but that correlation was a lot less [strong] than society believes it is.”
Don’t tell me I’m not a feminist because I only wear dresses. Don’t tell me I’m not a feminist because I wear make-up and do my hair. Don’t tell me I’m not a feminist because I wear heels. Don’t tell me I’m not a feminist because I shave my legs. Don’t tell me I’m not a feminist because I favour pretty things and hobbies that are “traditionally” considered feminine. I love who I am, I’m happy with my life, and I don’t put up with crap, female or male. I don’t live my life or decide what I like based on anyone elses preferences. I’m a slave to society’s views of women? No, you’re a slave to your pre-concieved ( and I’ll-informed) notion of what a feminist has to be. It’s just as stupid to avoid these things because you feel you must to be a feminist, as it is to do them because you feel you have to be a woman. Woman are not all the same, so by default neither can all feminists. I’m a feminist, I believe in the power and strength of women, I believe we can be whatever and whomever we please. So do NOT tell me I can’t be who I am and still be a feminist.
Barbara Bush gave a commencement speech at an all-female college. The thrust of the speech was that “feminism” gives women the right to choose to be whomever they want to be. Sometimes they choose to be contrary to your ideal: That is their prerogative.
Like free speech can mean things you disagree with will be said, feminism is about providing the ability to have a choice. What you do with that choice is personal and should never be judged.
How come I never run into people this awesome on the street?
I’ll be printing out one of these bad boys ASAP.