Standing Out. Standing Up.

This is going to be a more personal post.

I go to a school where the majority of the students and their parents are wealthy, republican and not in favor of coming out of 1950 era thinking. To many people in my community, the women should still just marry men and have kids and get their nails done. To many, this is the only option for girls. Many boys that attend my school believe they are superior to girls. Many white kids believe they are superior to the minorities around them. Keep in mind that this is just some. I understand that not everyone thinks this but the fact that anyone still believes in these stereotypes is disgusting. I however do not believe these stereotypes. I believe in equality. I believe that anyone can create their own future.

But sometimes I have trouble expressing this. Sometimes the easy thing to do is to sit quietly. And sometimes it’s easiest to do the easy thing. However lately, I have met some like minded people. Not many, but one or two. And knowing that I am not completely alone gives me a voice, a power I didn’t know I had.

This is what I had in mind when I started writing. It only took one girl that believed in the same things I did to give me a voice. And I wanted to give a voice to other girls. We are so powerful. We can stand up together. The world always needs improvement. And we are here to fight for it.

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Stay Informed. Keep Advocating.

There’s a lot going on in this world right now. The possible repealing of the ACA, general political craziness, Pride month, etc. I want people to be educated, to be able to contact others, and overall informed. There’s too many people out there who want to turn away and let someone else deal with it. I mean come on, what’s the point of being in this world if we are not going to leave it a better place than when we found it? Here are some links to good information to stay alert, to keep up with the world.

For LGBTQ+ related terms and definitions to stay updated and educated:

USC’s LGBT Terminology

To join some other like-minded feminists and read about important global topics:

Teen Feminist Blog

To read about current global issues and find issues you care about:

Global Issues

Books/Magazines I recommend:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Nylon Magazine

I can’t stress enough how important it is to not be someone who turns issues over to other people. I encourage everyone to do something to support the progression and evolution of views that are transforming in front of us.

 

Also, I’m always looking for suggestions on new things to read or watch. Please comment or contact me with anything you think I should add to this list.

 

What Does Feminism Stand For?

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, feminism is simply the belief in equality between men and women. That no one gender is superior to another. But today, some people have twisted this term┬áto mean that women are better than men. They have added other connotations and ideas to feminism. Feminism today is often linked to all human rights. This includes same sex marriage, abortion rights and in the United States, the Democratic Party to name a few. Many people take offense and do not agree with the some of these ideas and because feminism is often linked to these ideas, they can take offense to feminism.

However, maybe in today’s times, feminism does stand for all human rights. Maybe feminism should include immigrant rights, abortion rights and worker rights. Maybe its okay that feminism stands for more than just the equality of men and women. Feminism has been blurred with egalitarianism. The two terms were never that different and what started as a fight for men and women spread to a fight for all people. For equal rights. For everyone. So does it really matter what we call it? Let’s just get out there and use our voices to spread the word. Because no matter what we call it, everyone deserves to have equal rights.