Are You a Feminist?
"Feminism" is a loaded word that’s definition is not always easily agreed upon, but if you take notes from feminists like Caitlin Moran, author of How To Be A Woman, feminism is “the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be.”
So there, that’s not too complicated, is it? It wasn’t too complicated for a group of teenage girls in the suburbs of Chicago who started a feminism club at their school. Their first task was to make a list of “current, mainstream ‘feminist idols’ they and their friends look up to.”
It’s not just the list that is awesome, (what’s more awesome than Tina Fey, Emma Stone, and Mindy Kaling?) it’s the reasons the women made the list.
Emma Stone is remembered for calling out sexism in media. Zoe Saldana has encouraged women to make more films and boycott movies that don’t portray women in a positive light. Of Minday Kaling, they say, “it is so refreshing to see a young woman of color who is not ashamed to be normal-sized and who is also super funny.” Amy Poehler has admitted she wants girls to “feel they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled.” Tavi Gevinson writes about body image issues and more on her popular site Rookie. When asked if she was going to have children by a magazine, Zooey Deschanel hit back by saying, “It’s always women who get asked (that). Is anybody saying that to George Clooney?” Wanda Sykes speaks her mind (with humor). And Tina Fey is just The Man.
The Woman. Let’s just start calling her The Woman.
Read the full list here, and let’s add to the list. Who did these girls forget? (You are allowed to include your grandma–she probably rocks, too!)
Oh, and one more question: are you a feminist? (Sidenote: guys CAN be feminists!)