Let’s talk about feminism. What is it?
According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, it has two non-medical definitions:
1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
Look at that #1 definition. Equality of the sexes. Nowhere does it list misandry, man-bashing, or the destruction of family. So guess what? If you believe in political, economic, and social equality that crosses sex and gender lines, congratulations! You are a feminist! Wait, don’t run away! Did I make you uncomfortable just now? Why is that? Do you associate the term feminist with “feminazi?” Are you afraid of being seen as an activist? Causing a fuss? Well guess what? Activism is NOT a part of the primary definition. Of course, we appreciate activism, but being a feminist doesn’t mean you have to go to marches, get abortions, burn your bra, or practice kicking men in the testes. I can honestly say I have never done any of those things, and I run a feminist blog.
I just wanted to let you know that your trusty AngryNerdGirl hasn’t abandoned you. There has been a LOT going on the past few weeks regarding agency, women’s rights over their own bodies, and feminism in general. I have so much to say, but have had so little time to write! Just a quick update: I’m currently a little over halfway through training to be a medical advocate at Rape Victim Advocates (check them out, they’re amazing.) Also, I’ve been recapping Scandal over at tvgasm and took a little trip out of town. I have been a very busy lady! Hopefully, I will get my thoughts out in a coherent order tomorrow and post something brilliant for you all. In the meantime, however, I’ve been reading a lot about Disney’s newest feminist scandal regarding fellow curly-haired feminist Merida. Being who I am, after getting over my initial outrage, I started to realize that Merida is extremely similar to another pop-culture hero. Then I made pictures to prove it. Guess who? Nope, not Katniss Everdeen!
Hint: They share a love of badassery and a hatred of fancy dresses. Continue reading