Poster made in 1909 designed by Hilda Dallas ( poster via pinterest)
Two years ago I listened to Emma Watson’s UN speech about the HeforShe campaign and I was impressed. Lately I’ve seen a rise in popularity for feminism, something that I like to call ‘new feminism’, which has intrigued me a lot.
I believe in women’s rights as in I believe that women should be paid equally as men. I believe that girls around the world should have equal opportunity for education. I believe that women should be treated with the same respect as given to men. I believe in these rights because I see them as human rights. In many ways I respect this wave of what I call ‘new feminism’. I think Watson’s speech brought a new and fresh meaning to feminism, addressed some issues, and clarified the definition of feminism. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that was said in Watson’s speech or with what she said about feminism but I can respect it.
You see, I believe in women’s rights but I don’t think myself as a feminist because I am not an activist of women’s rights. I think that yes all women should experience these rights but that is not my main concern.
I don’t want to be necessarily be identified as a feminist because that’s not where my passion lies.
I’ve come to the conclusion that this is okay and this is why.
Not everyone is going to be passionate about the same thing. If we are lucky, we find like-minded people to collaborate and work towards these same goals but sometimes people aren’t passionate about what you are passionate about. That’s okay because this is how things get done. If we were all passionate about the same things then the other things wouldn’t get the same care and attention. Some of us are going to be more concerned about homelessness or raising our children to be good citizens or developing a foster-care system in other countries and that is okay because that is where our passion lies. What we are passionate for, that is where we work the hardest. That is where we are the most dedicated. We work the hardest when we are working at something we love, whether that is a job, a marriage, or in our attempts to make a better world. As long as we respect each other’s passion, we don’t need to be passionate about the same things. Besides we are all changing our world in our own way.
Also please feel free to comment below and tell me what your view is, whether you agree with me or think that what I’m saying is stupid ( just don’t call me stupid please because that may hurt my feelings- be nice). I still don’t know much about feminism so if you have any thoughts or views you would like to share, please do because I would love to hear it. 🙂