Growing up a Mexican woman, there were times when it was difficult to express myself to my extended family and in my culture. My parents knew that I had an open mind and accepted and loved me but in the Mexican culture, it wasn’t something so… encouraged. The way I dressed, my body shape, and the way I spoke out wasn’t seen as something to be proud of every time I was in Mexico or around my very old fashioned aunts. But I loved myself. The way I looked and felt so I never cared that I wasn’t to their standards and that to me is what being a feminist is all about; not being afraid to be who you are.
I have a super loud laugh, I’m a loud person in general, I hate tight clothing and have been told I dress up like a 90’s hippie (scrunchie and all), I’m short, I’m not fat but I’m not skinny, I talk a lot, my favorite time is eating time, and I enjoy coffee ALL the time. I’m not perfect but I love who I am.
Recently, I was going through a rough phase with my looks. I felt insecure about my body and I just didn’t feel beautiful to “society’s standards” but then I saw all these beautiful women demonstrating self-love. Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, the new Aeropostale “in-between” model, all these women were considered to not be under society’s standards but they did everything to show the world that they are beautiful. From writing amazing shows and books to flaunting their amazing curves, they showed the world how beautiful they are.
Loving yourself, not being scared to express your views, showing your creative side, wanting respect and equality, empowering other women, and proving to the world that you are more than your looks. That is what the F word means to me.
"You can be a thousand different women. It's your choice which one you want to be. It's about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, 'This is my kingdom.'"
--Salma Hayek, Actress and Activist