Feminism has influenced my every day life and has changed the way I view everything. I'm more critical of the shows and movies I watch, the music I listen to, and the literature I read. Identifying as a feminist has given me a new outlook on life and I have to admit that it's really a much happier one.
Knowing that I'm a feminist and that I believe in equality for women has made me feel empowered. I really feel that I can do anything I set my mind to it and isn't that just what everyone should feel? The media often portrays women as weak, defenseless victims who need someone to save them, but feminism has shown me that we can defend ourselves at all times. Feminism has also taught me to reject the other view of women that media portrays: the catty woman. Women don't hate each other and they really shouldn't. We're up against men who think we're not capable of everything men can do, and we should be supporting one another rather than turning our backs to each other.
Feminism has taught me to think of women as powerful. In Beyonce's song "***Flawless", Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says:
"We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: 'You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man'
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: a person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes"
Feminism has given me the courage to see things as such and be outspoken about them. It's not fair that women are shamed into wanting to be ambitious and reach for their goals, just like it's not fair that some women are shamed because they want to stay at home and be mothers. We should be allowed to dream the dreams fit for us.
I have feminism to thank for giving me the wonderful sense of pride and empowerment that I feel today.