Troyauna Williams submitted one of my favorite stories in the Women’s Issue, ‘I am NOT a Feminist’. Troy talks about how much pride she has being a woman, and teaches us all a thing or two about a day in the life of a woman.
I’m not a feminist.That statement is just as true as it is false.When I hear “feminist,” I think bra burnings, man bashing and hairy legs which is just not cute. But saying feminism is “not cute” makes me sound like any other condescending jerk who truly thinks womanhood should be centered around being “cute.”In all actuality, a feminist is someone who believes in the social, political, legal and economic rights for women to be equal to those of men. In that case, aside from sexists and people stuck in the 40s, aren’t we all feminists? “People” and “Society” have stigmatized feminism to the point where some women don’t even want to be labeled as feminists. Some women don’t want to be labeled as a person who wants women to be respected on the same level as their male counterparts. It’s a wild concept, really.But I want to take a moment to let women know that we are incredible.The word “incredible” doesn’t even embody enough greatness and awesomeness to accurately depict how amazing women are.It is unfathomable, it truly is.So the incessant “woe is me, this is a man’s world” pity party needs to stop so you can find the time to sip a colorful, fruity cocktail and think about how great it is to be a woman.
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