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Feminist Eyes- An Introduction to My Blog Series

Hi. I am introducing a new blog series about feminism in today's world. There are so many misconceptions about feminism and what is, but in the simplest definition, feminism is equality for everyone, men and women. Feminism is still relevant today because discrimination and inequality still exist in the year 2010. It's everywhere. Many people believe in equality but are afraid of the word feminist because of all the negative stereotypes. The most common one I've heard is that feminists hate men which is not true at all. A feminist believes in equality and opressing men is no different than opressing women which is what feminism is trying to fight against.

I'll start by introducing myself. My name is Cristina Chavez. I am 23 years old and a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. My major is English and American Literature, and my minor is Women's Studies. I'm about to graduate this coming May, and I am very excited. I plan to pursue my Master's in Women's Studies and then my PhD. Taking Women's Studies classes in college really opened my eyes and made me a critical thinker which I think is one of the most important things in college.

I have good news that I'd like to share which is that I recently found out that I got accepted into the Women's Studies Master's program at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX! I am extremely excited but nervous at the same time to be leaving my hometown along with my family and friends, but I think it's going to be a good experience for me. I am looking forward to taking that step to make my dreams come true.

I'll end this first blog by saying this: feminism is more than a theory, a class, a lecture, or a book. It's a movement.

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Comment by Rosana Lopez on March 5, 2010 at 9:43am
Whooo contrats on your admission to TWU it will be cool to have a fello Latinita out there doing her thang! I also look foward to reading all of the blogs you post.
Comment by Cristina Chavez on March 3, 2010 at 12:59pm
Thank you so much to all of you :) I am very excited. Good luck Miriam! It makes me so happy that you've enjoyed your Women's Studies class, and that you consider yourself a feminist. Yay! And yes, Claudia, I will definitely visit you! I am glad to know that I will have a familiar face close by. It makes moving less scary :)
Comment by cloud.eah on March 3, 2010 at 11:26am
CRISTINA!! Congrats! I am so proud of you! If you need anything, I will be living in Dallas! :) I am going to be by myself so you can feel free to visit me :)
Comment by Miriam on March 3, 2010 at 8:24am
Amen Sister! Cristina I have to say that thanks to your love for Women Studies (since you told me about it) I am a Feminist. I am trying to change my ways and analyze things through a feminist lens more. I am so happy that you got accepted in to Texas Women's University and I know you'll have a great time. As for me well I wish I would have met you sooner and I would have taken a lot more Women Studies classes. I applied to NMSU Sociology in Women Studies Program and I also applied to a Master in Family and Marital Therapy at University of Phoenix, so I'm still on the edge! About your blog, I want to help! Just let me know what you need OK! Hope to see you soon!
Comment by Alicia on March 2, 2010 at 11:37pm
Yay!! Congrats on your acceptance! Let's keep the movement alive. Your blog is super timely in honor of Women's History Month.




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