“I am a feminist.
As long as women’s natural body hair is called disgusting and inappropriate while men’s isn’t, I am a feminist.
As long as I can’t watch an episode of a popular sitcom without having to sit through multiple sexist comments or “jokes”, I am a feminist.
As long as women have to face the rational fear of being sexually assaulted every time they walk home past dark while men don’t, I am a feminist.
As long as misogyny exists in any country in this world, I am a feminist.
As long as women are being raped, then stoned to death or forced to marry their rapist, I am a feminist.
As long as companies promote men to manager when there are women who are equally as or better qualified, because they find that men look more authoritative, I am a feminist.
As long as women (her choice of clothes, her friendly nature, her weakness, her choice to drink alcohol) get blamed when men rape them, I am a feminist.
As long women’s opinions on online social networks are dismissed with phrases like “tits or gtfo”, “get back to the kitchen”, “are you pms’ing?”, I am a feminist.
As long as dressing like a woman is degrading for men and as long as men are insulted with phrases like “you throw like a woman”, clearly implying that being like a woman is shameful, I am a feminist.
As long as both men are women are expected to work, but taking care of children and the household are still largely considered a woman’s job, I am a feminist.
As long as boys and girls are treated differently, expected to act differently, and surrounded by different toys and colours from the day they are born, I am a feminist.
As long as topless women aren’t allowed in public unless they’re one the cover of a men’s magazine, I am a feminist.
As long as women who have sex frequently are generally told they are “sluts”, “lacking self-respect” and “lacking morals” by both men and women, while men who frequently have sex are “just being men” and it’s “natural for them”, I am a feminist.
As long as there are places where women have to pay more for health insurance than men, I am a feminist.
As long as men experience situations with equal gender representation as female-dominated, and don’t consider a group discussion equal unless there are significantly more men then women participants (as has been proven), I am a feminist.
As long as there are men who think it’s their wife or girlfriend’s duty to have sex with him whenever he wants, I am a feminist.
As long as the word feminism (“the movement aimed at equal rights for women”) has a negative connotation, I am a feminist.
As long as misogynist people exist, I am a feminist.”
TW RAPE: Having never lived in Mexico, or outside Canada/USA, I’m a little hesitant to speak specifically to one culture. However, while looking at statistics I found that in 2004 in Mexico, there were 14.26 rape cases per 100,000 people while in America in 2004 there were 32.99 rape cases per 100,000. Now, this is only reported rape, and I imagine that just like in America, many rapes in Mexico go unreported. However, I find it very interesting that the reported number in Mexico is half the number in America - and that makes me wonder if perhaps the reason that people think there are more rapists in Mexico is due to racism, even if internalized and unrecognized by the people making such statements - especially if the main exposure that these people have of the Mexican culture has been through American media (including the news, as POC are incarcerated at a much higher rate than white people). Although Mexico may have a higher “machismo” culture than where you’ve lived before, this may be a cultural expression of gender and would not necessarily mean that just because someone expresses themselves in a more traditionally masculine way that they are out to rape.
If anyone has any comments, rebuttals or anything about this question I’d love to hear it! As I said, because of my whiteness/lack of experience living in communities with a high proportion of POC, my knowledge in this topic is somewhat limited.
I’m so glad you like them - Thank you so much for the support! :)