Feminism has been the new trend/subject lately. So here’s my point of view and thoughts on it. I’ve always been a feminist but with no need to shout it out or without a designed moment that I decided to be one. I’ve been raised along with my 3 sisters in a very healthy home. My dad and mum worked their asses off for us to have a decent life and for us 4 to go to college and have great careers. They taught us the value of hard work and how to be good persons. We were never really taught that we had the same rights as men or that we should fight to be their equal. Why? Because for my parents it was something normal and obvious. I never felt like I was inferior of any of my male classmates as I lived with my them. I am very thankful for the education my parents gave us. We became all 4 of us strong and independent women. Of course once you move out, start living on your own and try to start a career, it all changes.
I am a very stubborn person. Nobody ever really told me what to do or think. Even if I have good values implanted as a background I can’t just not see what happens around me. Being the equal of men and be able to do the same things and have the same rights always felt normal for me because that’s how I was raised. Sadly it doesn’t go that way for everybody. The only times I really had to face this inequality was while working, I am girl and I look like I am 15. It seems like that’s quite frightening for grumpy old male photographers. And I won’t say more because I know I deserve to be in a photographer’s pit as much as they do! It totally destroys me to see that it’s okay to be treated like inferior individuals because we have a vagina! How is this acceptable? How can someone’s individuality be taken from them just because of gender? How can someone not be able to make their own choices? It shocks and frightens me that such evolved societies keep pushing women down and trying to silent our voices. I have two young nieces, and I really hope that they’ll grow up in a world where their thoughts and voices matter.
Defending feminism is not about defending anti-men ideas, it’s defending equality.