I-need-feminism-because

What triggers my anger is when that person who happens to be a female says: “I don’t need feminism. I don’t need to be liberated.”

How about you tell that to:

  1. that Moroccan girl who killed herself after being forcibly married to her rapist (x)
  2. that 11-year-old Texan girl who got raped by 18 men while the New York Times said she “dressed older than her age.” (x)
  3. Reyhaneh Jabari, an Iranian woman who was tortured in jail then hanged after killing the man who was going to rape her. (x)
  4. Nojood Al-Ali from Yemen who got divorced when she was 10. (x)
  5. the 16-year-old girl from Ohio who got raped and filmed at a party by 2 boys, while CNN reporters talked about the bright futures of the rapists as athletes. (x)
  6. the 94 women in Jordan who were legally married to their rapists, only in 2014. (x)
  7. the 8-year-old girl who was married to a man 5 times her age, and died on the day of her wedding because she suffered from bleeding and uterine rupture after intercourse. (x
  8. the 25 Palestinian women who were killed by either their brother or father, in order to “protect their honor” only in 2013. (x)
  9. the 99% of Egyptian women and 90% of Yemeni women who have experienced sexual harassment (x) (x

You still don’t need feminism?

Why I need feminism~

Because…
I am sick of the dirty looks for being on drumline.

I should not be called a slut when I choose to wear my drumline hoodie. It’s my body, I earned my hoodie!

I should have never been questioned multiple times in middle school for carrying my drumsticks in the hall to the band room,when a friend next to me was carrying his and didn’t get questioned for carrying a “weapon.”

“Like a girl” should not be used as an insult for my musical talents.

I shouldn’t have to deal with the bullshit of people telling me that I will never be able to march drum corps because I have boobs!

I am tired of people doubting my abilities because of my gender.

I should not have people looking down on me in the lot at a competition.

“Oh you will never get a boyfriend since you are on drumline. Boys like quiet,reserved,ladylike girls. All you do is hit shit and hangout with guys!” Excuse me, is this the 1900s? I’ll hangout with who I want whether that be guys or girls. I’ll hit shit with the support of my boyfriend for your information.

I should not be questioned when going to get my varsity jacket that I’m a girl on drumline by a grown woman.

Being a girl who is a percussionist should not define me in a negative way.

I need feminism because all I want is to be treated as an equal…not just a girl.

A woman, I forget who, once asked her male friend why men are intimidated by women. He said that men are afraid that women will laugh at them. When this woman asked the same question of a group of her female friends, they all said the same thing: women are afraid that men will kill them.
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Stella Gibson, The Fall

I need feminism because before I even heard her give the women’s answer, I knew what it would be. Because that would be my answer.