Introduction to Feminism

This month is Women’s History Month (insert applause, confetti and photobooth signage)!

#FallIntoFormation signage from The Roc Shop

There has been a lot of confusion over the term “feminism” lately and we want to take this opportunity to clear some things up.

Feminism can mean a lot of things, the dictionary definition is: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.”  What it comes down to is equality and being able to make the choices that are right for you (p.s. the movement is not just about advancing women)

Here are some things that feminism is not:

Feminism is not a woman wanting to be a man. Feminism is not women hating men. Feminism is not women hating other women. It does not mean you don’t shave your legs or have to go out braless (aka. It doesn’t mean you hate all things “feminine”). You do not have to work outside of the home to be a feminist. You do not have to identify as a woman to be a feminist. It is not the belief that everyone has to be the same.

Here are some things feminism actually is:

Feminism means that everyone has the same choices and opportunities. You have the choice to do what you want, to make your own decisions. To not be less than because you are a woman or any minority group. Feminism is equality. For all sexes and genders. It is the belief that no one group is better than another.

Emma Watson was recently on the cover of Vanity Fair. In the accompanying interview, she said: “I used to be scared of words like ‘feminism,’ ‘patriarchy,’ ‘imperialist.’ But I’m not anymore” I used to feel the same way! I thought it meant you were saying that women were better than men or that everyone has to be the same, but just scroll back up to the beginning of this post to reaffirm that’s not true, everyone has to have the same RIGHTS! 

In one of the photos, (which is effing gorgeous), part of her boobs are exposed. And there was an explosion of misinformed controversy! It is a prime example of how people confuse feminism.

Emma Watson, photographed for Vanity Fair by Tim Walker
Emma Watson, photographed for Vanity Fair by Tim Walker

She is in charge of her body and what she shares and “OMG she has boobs!” How can she be a feminist and share her tits? That’s exactly how! She’s not ashamed of them, she’s got them, she’s proud of them, she owns them, and she decides what to share of them or not.

“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”

The way Gloria Steinem put it: “Feminists can wear anything they f—ing want”

What do you think, Roc-ers? What’s your perspective on feminism? Did you always feel the same way or have you learned new things that changed that? We’d love to hear from you what feminism means to YOU! 

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