I'm sharing some thoughts on feminism from the interwebs this week.
From Roo Ciambriello of Semiproper, Be Sexy But Not Too Sexy:
"As you get older and establish friendships, make sure you choose friends wisely. Anyone (man or woman) who calls anyone a ‘dumb bitch’ is not someone you need to keep in your company. Anyone who reduces a person to simply his or her appearance need not be a friend of yours. Choose friends of both genders that are kind and good, that listen to your podcasts about your research of life in the ancient 1900s, friends that cheer you on when you have a track meet, friends that discreetly tuck in the tag in the back of your shirt for you while you’re out in public, friends that will talk with you about ideas and dreams and goals, not people and their bodies and the way they look or dress. Be a good friend back."From Amy Poehler via mic.com:
"Well, this feeling that you're having right now - which is like, 'I'm supposed to be all things' - is a feeling that women have every day and have their whole lives. So you're just starting to experience it now."
From Taylor Swift via The Guardian:
“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. Becoming friends with Lena – without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me realise that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so.”
From Riot Grrrls to "Girls": Tina Fey, Kathleen Hanna, Lena Dunham, and the Birth of an Inspiring New Feminism:
"Embracing high heels, lipstick, and the term “girl” as markers of a new feminist style may have made sense at feminist gatherings where these signifiers were used to indicate a generational shift within feminism, yet within the larger culture high heels and lipstick still signified a commitment to traditional femininity that no ironic wink could undermine. Some argued that what matters is a woman’s agency; as long as it is the woman herself who is choosing to present herself in a hyperfeminine or sexualized manner, then what’s the problem? Others disagreed, saying that women’s reclamation of traditional feminine culture under the banner of feminism is a sign of how far we still have to go to truly escape from the rigid confines of gender and to move beyond a limited view of empowerment."