During the 2010’s we’ve experienced countless riots, protest marches and debates. We’ve seen governments overturned and reinstated. But, during our revolutionised decade the thought of change has seeped down to a very personal level.
What marks our age is the technological and digital evolution. All of sudden we got access to not only information, but also platforms for discussions. This exposure to different mentalities and ideas creates an environment of self-reflection and one of the subjects heavily debated online is feminism.
I am born in what could classically be called a conservative and very homogeneous place where, even though the information is available, misconceptions often occur. A strong belief in traditional media creates a wall of preconceptions, because all subjects, no matter what they’re about, brought up is viewed from a particular point-of-view. Feminism is one of those subjects.
When we look at the history of feminism most of the time we talk about a very small group of people and let them portray the entirety of the movement – As we do with most things. But, when it comes down to it, it’s about how you define it. I call myself a feminist because I think that there should be equality no matter your biological sex. Feminism is something very personal; It’s a wide spectra of ideas and conceptions of which some you might agree with and some you might not. Feminism is to often compared to the hatred and oppression of men instead of women, but those opinions shouldn’t be ascribed to feminism as a whole and for me they have no part of it what so ever.
I got to thinking about it after reading the article Girl Empowered by Olivia Singer, published in issue 19 of Lula 2014. She ends the article brilliantly by saying
”Feminism is diverse and should be for everyone – for all genders, ages and races, for those directly affected by the oppression go hegemony and for all of their allies – and perhaps that’s the ultimate revolution.”
and I agree entirely.