Friends, let us discuss the occasionally messy and emotionally-charged topic of feminism.
For me, being a feminist means that I should earn the same amount of money as a man in my field with comparable experience. If I’m applying for an apartment/loan/job/school and I’m competing against my male doppelganger, I want to have exactly the same chances that he does. I want to be able to walk through my neighborhood without being followed or harassed.
I like to wear dresses and lip gloss. I’m not great at reading maps or doing complex math in my head. Sometimes I get verklempt when I watch videos about animal best friends. I’m also incredibly driven, direct and occasionally too assertive for my own good. I don’t think these traits make me a better/worse woman or a better/worse feminist.
While I think I’m just as awesome as any dude out there, I don’t think I’m the same. I think that (most) men and women are wired differently – physically, psychologically, emotionally. I know that I, personally, am better at certain things than the guys in my life. And that they’re better at some things than I am.
Equally awesome. Good at different stuff.
What does feminism mean to you? Do you consider yourself a feminist? Do you think men and women are different? How?