The word "feminist" scares me.
No matter how you cut it, declaring oneself a feminist has a negative connotation; something along the lines of man hating, bitchy lesbians, with hairy armpits.
I started on this trail a few months ago, because I have been called a feminist a few times, and it caught me by surprise. I figured should educate myself on exactly what the word means, and then figure out how I fit in. Big problem – everyone has a different definition.
Google "what is feminism" to find over 3 million results. That's 3M+ pages of content, filled with everything from bible-thumpers reminding us of our need to obey our husbands, to completely whacked out women haters who I wouldn't want to come face to face with on the street.
So, I whipped up a definition of my own;
All people matter.
Inequality of rights is unfair regardless of sex or race.
Being a feminist means you live, breath and exude your real self.
Being a feminist means you are not afraid to demand equality.
Being a feminist means you help other women, girls, and daughters discover their own voice.
That's a far cry from the Feminazi label coined by genius Rush Limbaugh (I have to apologize for even writing
that word, it sickens me that this has become a catch phrase).
How about you- are you a feminist who stands proud? Or one who lurks in the background?
Does my definition classify me as a feminist? If yes, where do I fit into the chaos?