Wednesday, 25 March 2015

FEMINISM 101 | Let's Be Frank


I am a feminist.

If you believe in equality of the sexes you probably are too.

I think this is such an important issue to touch on here on this blog as I do have a voice and I can use it to reach out to people and educate them on such a big issue that we all face in our everyday lives. 

I find it astounding how many women and men I meet who don't identify themselves as feminists yet still believe in equality of the sexes. Newsflash- it's the same thing. 

Feminism is the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. Yes, both men and women from all walks of life fighting to break free of ancient, oppressive ideas of what is the social norm.





Feminism is about having the choice of who you want to be and not being criticized for it.

Yes, I write about beauty products and I love makeup but it doesn't make me any less of a feminist. I do those things for me, because that's what interests me and for no one else. 

You want to grow your underarm hair? Cool. You want to shave it? Also cool. You know what's not cool? The patriarchy telling me how to live my life. 




Feminism is not a new idea. 

It's easy to ignore sexism when it works in your favour. Trust me, ignorance is bliss- because once you've educated yourself on feminism you see oppression everywhere. You realise that you grew up in it, your own family members unknowingly preach it too and maybe you catch yourself in a reflex response. You see it in your everyday life and wish there was something you could do to help raise awareness. Despite your well meaning efforts you will be met with so much criticism but please, power on. Educate yourself and others, correct them if they use oppressive language or behaviour.

You will be met with resistance and it's okay.

If you had asked 18 year old me fresh out of high school if I was a feminist I probably would've said no, purely for the fact that I had no idea what it actually meant. There is so much negative stigma surrounding the word feminism and not to mention the notion that it's all about 'Bra burning lesbianism' which is to put it frankly- bra burning bullsh*t. 


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How can you help?

Get involved and speak out! The best way to combat this issue is to lead by example. 

This article on Huffington Post is worth a read, I think it perfectly captures the ideas of equality in an easy to understand format. Go ahead and show this to the friends and family in your life who might not be on board the feminist bandwagon. 

These memes/ cartoons over on Buzzfeed also tackle some important issues when it comes to men and feminism too.

#HeForShe is the current campaign run by UN Women and you can encourage the men and boys in your life to sign up here.


Gender equality is not a women's issue. It is a human rights issue that requires your participation.



Of course, I'm only covering the basic ideas of what I perceive as feminism but I'm always open to discussion and learning more from your personal experiences too! I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue and whether or not you've liked this style of post as I think it might be a series I'd like to continue with in future blog posts!

11 comments:

  1. I completely agree with you and I'd love to read more posts like this! I really liked those comics, they added a lot to the post in my opinion :)

    ZoesSecretStyle.blogspot.co.il

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  2. I think there are many out there who still link the meaning of 'feminism' to 'bra-burning lesbians' and post such as this is a great way to educate society about the real meaning of feminism. Great job with this post, Anjelique, what a refreshing read.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you so much Shireen! It's great to see people who share the same view as me!

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  3. Brilliant post Anjelique :-) I wrote a post about feminism last month (I think it was last month!). It's a very important subject and needs discussing! Lexie X

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    1. Thank you girl! Ooh, I will be sure to check it out!

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  4. I love this post! Being a feminist does not mean you're a man-hater, it just means that you want equal rights for both sexes. And I've often been astounded when people get mad about 'all the feminists these days'...Um, hello! Did you forget about the 1900s, and even before that? Awesome job xx

    Brooke | brookewrote

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    1. Thanks so much Brooke! It's a topic that's very important to me and I think we need to speak out about even more!

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  5. I absolutely love this article. I feel that more people need to realize that if they believe in the equality of sexes, then they are absolutely feminists. It is as simple as that. I feel that people shy away from labeling themselves as a feminist because they are confused as to the true meaning. Hopefully this changes! My favorite quote from your post has to be, "Yes, I write about beauty products and I love makeup but it doesn't make me any less of a feminist. I do those things for me, because that's what interests me and for no one else." Could not agree more!

    --Rachel Bronstein from mylittlebeautybook.com

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read Rachel, it really means a lot!
      If we get people thinking in different mindsets, hopefully we can start to progress into a TRUE equal opportunity society!

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  6. I think this is really well written and I agree with a lot of it. I don't identify as a feminist, though. I just don't believe in telling people how they identify. I would never tell someone of a specific race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or any other characteristic that they actually identify with another group. I'm not a feminist. I wasn't one yesterday, I'm not one today, and I won't be one tomorrow. Instead of trying to claim that you're better at identifying people than the people themselves, why not just focus on the wrongs being done to women in other countries?

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