discussion of menstruation

onceabluemoonwrites  asked:

Royai bodyswitch AU! :D

Every eye turned toward him the moment Roy opened the office door, and a flood of heat rushed through his cheeks. He knew that the notion that he was Riza and Riza was he was still fresh in the men’s minds, and the fact that their restraint would sometimes fail them did little to maintain the flow they had so desperately tried to maintain while he worked to figure out how to make things right. But something else settled in his mind and exacerbated that feeling of self-consciousness, and he felt as though they were looking right through him to the heart of his dilemma.

He straightened himself and offered them a salute, which they returned, before briskly walking over to the desk Riza had made her temporary post. When she lifted her head, he paused. It was unnatural seeing himself through eyes that were not his, and standing closer to his body only amplified that feeling. Rather than the familiar set of blonde hair and brown eyes he had always adored, he was met by a face he had seen when he looked in the mirror every day. It was difficult fighting past the feeling of discomfort they both felt when addressing the other, but slowly and surely they had grown to look past the face they saw in order to speak to the person behind it. It was a relief to him especially that day.

She immediately picked up on his discomfort, and a look of concern crossed her face. “What’s wrong,” she asked quietly as her dark eyes scanned his face.

Even though he knew it was ridiculous to feel embarrassed, Roy felt another dash of warmth flood his cheeks. Before he could stumble through an answer, though, her eyes widened. “Oh…” She opened the drawer nearest the floor and rummaged through it for a few moments before she pulled out and balled a small package into the palm of her hand. she reached across the desk and placed it in his hand, but before she dropped it entirely, she eyed him questioningly. Do you need me to…?

He took the moment to glance over his shoulder and found that the men had tasked themselves with their paperwork, or were at the very least acting like they were preoccupied with it. When his eyes returned to her, he shook his head. Though it was something he had always accepted in the body he now masqueraded in, it was something he never thought he would have to learn to manage for himself.  The corner of his lip twitched as he curled his fingers gratefully around the package she had handed him, and he shook his head again. 

He appreciated the gesture, and she knew it, but they both knew that it was one of the many things they would both have to learn to accept and overcome, especially considering that the time they would return to their bodies was still uncertain.

I hate that trans men and dfab nonbinary people have to indirectly (or even directly) misgender ourselves to have discussions about abortion or ‘women’s’ health care. Like, so much of the discussion about abortion is gendered. I don’t get it. It’s so easy to just say things like ‘pregnant people’ instead of 'pregnant women’. And there’s no escape from it. Any health care I require that relates to the genitals I was born with shouldn’t be called women’s health care, because I’m not a woman. Menstrual products should not be called feminine hygiene products because not everyone who uses them is a woman/girl.

TFA fic: in the place that’s made of old relations

Written for the cruel, cruel anon who left this in my inbox:

I’m having a lot of feels about Force ghost Anakin communicating to Rey while she’s left on Jakku (since she was 5??? Idk if that’s true???) and using the Tatooine religion you’ve talked a lot about to sort of help her and make her feel a little less alone (especially if she’s his granddaughter I feel like there would be some sort of familial obligation)

This will all be radically AU in two weeks, so enjoy it now I guess. I tried to write it so it would work whether Leia or Luke is her parent.

Warning for some frank discussion of menstruation (because can you just imagine how awful that would be, for a girl growing up alone - luckily her Granddad is from Tatooine, where they learn the facts of life young and have zero cultural taboos around talking about them).

in the place that’s made of old relations

The first time she met him, Rey thought the world was ending.

She’d been out in the desert, exploring. Looking for…something. Someone. She didn’t know what she was looking for, really. She only knew that she had been here, alone with only BB-8, for so long.

So she’d left Bebe in the shelter, in case someone came while she was gone. That was the smart thing to do. It would be terrible, if she missed her parents coming back. And she took a comlink, so Bebe could contact her if they did. She told him this very sternly, and she knew he’d understood, because he’d sounded very annoyed when he beeped at her.

And then she’d gone out into the desert.

The sky was clear and brittle blue when she left, stretching endlessly above and around her. Rey had imagined, as she walked, that if she stepped lightly enough, she could fly right up into it.

But the sky wasn’t blue anymore. Now there was no sky at all. It had been swallowed up, eaten by the raging sand of the desert that snarled and slashed at her as if it wanted to eat her now, too.

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anonymous asked:

Urgent? (TMI Warning..) (Part 1) Ok first,I'm really really sorry I'm asking this since it's not Christianity or LGBT+ related. I hope you don't get mad at me..I feel so embarrassed but.. I'm extremely extremely stressed over my period. I literally am about to have a panic attack because I know it's coming soon. The issue is,on day 2 after being asleep all night & when I get up in the morning it is SO freaking heavy. It honestly terrifies me. It's just so heavy

CW in depth discussion of period / menstruation

Urgent? (Part two) and I can feel it pouring out like crazy when I stand up. Idk if this is normal or not and I’m so scared?! I’ve had it 8yrs. It’s normal other than that. It does it every time,some times worse than others. But the feeling makes me so freaked out. I don’t like feeling blood pouring out of my body. It does it after lying down for hours at night then when I stand. Waterfall. I hate this. :((


Oh hey, no worries! There’s nothing embarrassing about a period, despite how society trains us to think.

I’m actually sort of glad you sent this because I have a really similar experience on my period and I always wondered if it was normal!! It’s always yeah, the first night into my period, that next morning I bleed a lot.

I deal with it by setting at least one alarm that night, so that I wake up and go use the bathroom and bleed a lot of that “waterfall” amount out then. That way when I wake up there’s less of the “waterfall.” And yeah, I usually end up waking up twice in the night to go do that. So I just accept I don’t get the best night’s sleep that one night each month.

Drink a lot of water those first few days of your period, and your body won’t be affected by the blood loss – it “knows” it’s gonna be losing blood. Though if you ever do lose so much that you get super weak or faint, then you should look into medical help. 

Finally, I myself never use tampons because I’m freaked out by them, but I wonder if using a tampon would help the “waterfall” situation, since instead of a pad collecting it all as it falls the tampon would just soak it all up in the night. In that case you would definitely want an alarm to wake you up four or five hours into the night, since I think you’re not supposed to have the same tampon in for more than a few hours.

I hope this helps you feel slightly better, friend! Best of luck on your period, if you’re like me it’s a pretty sucky time of the month so I’m praying you find some ways to cheer up and practice self care during it <3

anonymous asked:

I've seen so many boys claim that periods are gross and I just don't get why.. Is there some kind of explanation for it?

  • most people who have periods are women, and most women will have them at some point, so periods are associated with women

  • due to lack of proper gender education people rarely consider that people of all genders may menstruate and many women do not

  • men/boys often make a show of hating things that are associated with women to prove that they are “masculine enough” because women aren’t valued and masculinity that is toxic defines itself by being as unlike women as possible

  • men/boys who want to have sex with women are often grossed out by the idea of women’s bodies, specifically, having biological functions unrelated to sex, like menstruating, vomiting, using the toilet, sweating, expelling gas via belching or flatulence, etc., because those functions are a turnoff for misogynist guys who prefer to think of women existing purely as sexual objects and not like biological animals just like them

  • this goes double for menstruation because a menstruating woman is less likely to want sex, and even if she does, it is possible that he will get bodily fluids not associated with arousal on him if he penetrates her vagina

  • menstruation, for these reasons, bears a significant stigma, and young people who don’t fully understand the above still learn from older people that periods are a gross and shameful girl thing

  • because of the stigma we get very little education or open discussion of menstruation, so the impact of that socialization to see it as disgusting is rarely challenged

  • so many people, whether or not they have periods, will continue to think of them as a uniquely female shame instead of thinking of them as a normal, neutral thing that some people of all genders experience

When I was a libfem, I once saw a post about periods titled something like “Attention Period Havers!” and it really rubbed me the wrong way. I couldn’t put my finger on why until recently.

It would have said “Attention Women!” but that’s apparently offensive to trans women because it “excludes” them.

What are they being excluded from? It’s not the discussion of menstruation, because they don’t relate to or experience that. They are inherently not included from such a discussion due to their biological sex. Regardless of the title, trans women aren’t allowed in. So why not use the word “woman”?

I’ll give you the answer: men are entitled. Trans women are entitled. Trans women feel entitled to the word “woman.” They feel entitled to the idea of womanhood. They feel entitled to women’s safe spaces and discussions. Women can’t have anything without men trying to take away or turn it on its head.

Want to use the women’s bathroom? Maybe there is a trans woman in there. Want to talk about periods? Make sure you never use the word woman, use terms like “uterus bearer.” Have a question about vaginal health? You might consider asking woman, but maybe that woman has a penis (it would be transphobic to assume all women have vaginas). So you never ask (and get TSS).

By being entitled to the word woman, trans women are actively taking away women’s spaces and discussions. When a trans woman enters a women’s only space, it is no longer a women’s only space. It is a trans women’s space.

Using language that “excludes” trans women is not an act of violence against them. It is an act against women.

Trans women should be excluded from women’s spaces. It is not their place to be.

anonymous asked:

You're excluding trans women from your "period talk," not being an ally. Not having periods is a source of dysphoria for many trans woman, and it is not helpful and honestly insensitive for you, a cis person, to say "well, if I didn't have my period, I would celebrate." You will never be excluded from your womanhood based on whether or not you have periods. You have no idea how much those kind of comments hurt.

My period has literally put me in the hospital. It’s not an inconvenience in my life, it’s something genuinely painful and debilitating, it is for a lot of people who have their periods. Non binary people and trans men have their periods too, periods are not a cis woman thing. All people who have their period should be allowed to complain about how awful it is without social stigma. There are lots of reasons why someone with dysphoria could dislike menstruation discussion, because they don’t have it and would like to, or because having it actually causes dysphoria.

I have never ever had a trans woman EVER tell me I should never discuss my period, and have only ever had trans women be amazingly supportive, sometimes mocking me lightly if that is their nature. However could understand why someone wouldn’t want to hear it, so I tag talk about menstruation so that anyone with dysphoria or who is blood adverse can blacklist it.

I feel for people with dysphoria, truly, but this is my personal blog and when I am stuck in bed because my period made me vomit, or because it makes my iron low and I’m already anemic and I can’t stand up without shaking I’m likely to talk about that.

Periods don’t need to be shamed, but there a lot of reasons people do want to talk about theirs. To complain, to vent, to give advice, to seek advice because it’s frustrating.

Periods are often linked to medical issues, they compound medical issues and can make things very difficult. Telling people who menstruate not to talk about it isn’t a solution to anything.

So I’m happy to tag menstruation but I will not avoid the topic all together. Being excluded from womanhood due to physical things you cannot help is a pain I will likely never know and I sympathise with anyone, but I’m not going to be happy about something that literally makes me sick and has, on my worst days, pushed my depression into suicidal thoughts.

#menstruation #period #blood #vomit #suicide

It’s weird how often people respond to requests to use gender-neutral language like “pregnant people” instead of “women” when speaking about pregnancy and birth by bashing on trans women, pointedly denying that trans women exist or that we’re real women, or claiming that these requests come from trans women and our allies trying to talk over or de-center cis (“real”) women.

Um…

The whole “pregnant people” thing isn't about the existence of trans women. Not all women can get pregnant even before you start considering us; changing “women” to “pregnant people” doesn’t really address that.

It’s trans men and non-binary people with uteruses who are left out by gendered language referring to pregnancy and uterine health.

Now obviously a lot of the people who reject the request for non-gendered language out of hand are going to feel like they’re covering trans men when they say “women” because they just don’t recognize or care about trans existence. We’re talking about social conservatives, fundamentalists, and radical feminists (“but, I repeat myself!”) here.

But the fact that they reflexively re-frame the denial as an excuse to attack trans women is very telling. I’ve seen the same thing with trans men requesting people tag discussion of menstruation or breast soreness or other quote “female-bodied” things as dysphoria triggers getting turned around in the re-telling so it’s trans women claiming that “female bodies are triggering!” I’ve seen the same thing with exhibitionist/creepy/inappropriately-behaving trans men at MichFest and other “female spaces” being attributed to trans women.

The claim is often made that we trans women are so self-entitled that we have to make everything about us, but the fact is, we’re not the ones doing that.

leonfreak17  asked:

"Words have meaning" But woman doesn't?? Define it for me.

Woman has a meaning. It means an adult human female who was born with ovaries and who doesn’t produce sperm. You learned this in 7th grade. You don’t need me to define it.

If the word “woman” doesn’t mean adult human female who is (if she’s healthy) capable of producing ova, then it doesn’t mean anything at all.

Transwomen who want to claim that they are “biologically female” are subverting/confusing/ignoring the meanings of the the words “biological” and “female.” They say that they are women because they “identify” as a woman. But in that case… what is a woman? Is it someone who has been socialized to not spread her legs wide on the subway? Is it someone who has been socialized to consider her own face ugly unless it is covered up with makeup? Is it someone who has been socialized to begin half her sentences with the word “sorry”?

Transwomen claim to BE women because they “identify” as one, but never explain what they are identifying AS. A transwoman clearly isn’t identifying as someone who was born with ovaries because that isn’t something that describes her. She expresses her “gender identity” by changing her clothing style, by wearing makeup, by growing her hair out, and sometimes through surgeries that give her some of a biological woman’s second sex characteristics (breasts, more delicate facial features) or even something that looks like, but is not, a vagina. If you interpret transwomen’s behavior, it would seem that “a woman” is “an adult human who wears certain styles of clothing, cuts her hair a certain way, and who is treated a certain way by other people.” In that case, being a woman is a meaningless thing. The word “woman” means nothing.

But… if BEING A woman is merely a matter of DRESSING LIKE or LOOKING like a woman, then what is a woman? Can I become a police officer by stealing a uniform? Can I become a cat because I really like cats? Can I turn magically into a man because, as it happens, I’m sexually attracted to men? 

Really, I don’t understand why someone would challenge me to define what woman is. I’ve never hesitated to do so. But it is trans-activists who never ever seem to explain what THEY think a woman is. 

And for the record, I think if someone wants to wear a woman’s clothes, use she/her pronouns, or even get surgeries to look more like a woman, that’s totally fine. I hesitate about issues with genital surgery and hormone therapies because they haven’t been studied extensively enough for my taste; I worry about people’s well being in terms of physical (and emotional) health. But like, if you really want to, whatever. Go for it. I’ll call someone “she” if that’s what she wants. Why would that matter to me? If she wants a job or a proper apartment or whatever, fine.

The only thing I’ve ever objected to is:

  • transwomen claiming to be biologically female, because it prevents women from discussing the very real fact that biological women form a certain class that society treats essentially differently than it treats men
  • transwomen complaining that they are being “denied” sex by lesbians or calling women who won’t have sex with “someone with a penis” a “TERF,” because that is fucking RAPE CULTURE in action. It is absurd magical thinking to say that a penis is not a penis just because it is attached to someone who wears make up.
  • transwomen claiming to be MORE REAL than biological women, because it suggests that the best way to “be a woman” is to submit to societally induced gender roles, many of which are actually harmful to one’s health
  • transwomen standing in the way of biological women’s discussions about vaginas, menstruation, and reproductive health-care because “not all women have vaginas!” and “but I’m triggered when you even say the word vagina around me!” Now women are silenced. We cannot talk about our own bodies or our own lived experiences without being called a TERF. Kind of like how we can’t talk about our own lived experiences with sexism or sexual assualt without being called a bitch or a slut.
  • transwomen who are actually just gender fetishists*

*Don’t know what I mean gender fetishist? Go look up “sissy” or “boy to girl” tumblrs — I don’t want to link to them here because they’re gross. But there is a whole group of men who are turned on by the thought of sexual degradation, and what’s more sexually degrading than being a woman? They jerk off to the thought of being forced to wear dresses or panties or being given hormones. Often, they still love their dicks and even dress as men during the day. They aren’t even transwomen, as far as I’m concerned, they’re just cross-dressers. And they want access to women only spaces and they are just as violent as other men. 

That’s pretty much it. I wouldn’t ever harm a transwoman, nor would I encourage anyone else to do so. I would hire a qualified transwoman for a job and I would be friends with a transwoman — in fact, I used to be friends with a transwoman, and the friendship ended because she told me I should be grateful for my ovarian cysts. I don’t have the energy to tell the whole story again. But assuming that I met a transwoman who didn’t do any of those 5 things I listed — and I think that’s most transwomen, actually — I’d be friends with her if I liked her as a person, like, why not?

As I’ve said before I don’t even think that the vast majority of transwomen do/are these five things, but a substantial portion of transactivtists seem to. They’re gross and rapey and seem to hate biological women. They may want to have sex with biological women, but they seem to hate them every bit as much as Elliot Rodger did. It worries me deeply that we’re allowing people like them to define what being a woman is, because they seem to define a woman as “a fuck doll.”

This is a disorganized, rambling reply but I don’t feel like fixing it up because I’ve answered this before. Search my tag “whm orig” and you’ll find the other things I’ve written that explain my thoughts on this more clearly.

Happy Fun Fact Friday Everyone!

Today we will discuss menstruation, also known as a period. Why do people get periods? How should I feel about my period? Is it awkward? Embarrassing? Normal?

Well first things first, periods are NORMAL! About half of all people get periods every month for 30-35 years of their lives! Periods are a normal and regular bodily function. We may have learned to believe certain things about periods, but remember there is nothing sexual, unclean, or weird about periods.

Here’s how it works:

Every month blood builds up in the uterus. This blood might be used to nourish a fertilized egg during pregnancy. If there is no fertilized egg, the lining breaks down and flows out of the body. This is what is known as a period.

The menstrual cycle, which includes the whole process of blood building up in the uterus, an egg being released, and the blood flowing out of the body, takes on average 28 days. Irregular periods, those that don’t come each month, are normal for teenagers. If someone has had unprotected vaginal sex and they don’t have a period for more than 30 days it is important to take a pregnancy test.

 Another important thing to remember is that not all women get periods. For example, someone might be using the birth control shot or IUD that stops monthly bleeding. Older people go through menopause, a time in which the body stops releasing eggs and shedding blood. Also, people who experience monthly bleeding might not identify as women. 

anonymous asked:

so, someone recently said to me that people shouldn't post nudes or anything sexual, or show skin in public because, and I quote, "an asexual might see it and be triggered". I don't know much about it but it seems like a half baked excuse to police people's bodies. I don't want to make ace people uncomfortable tho so id like to know.. what do you think?

That’s bullshit. Unless you’re minor you have a right to do whatever you want with nude photos of your body. If you are a minor it counts as distribution of child pornography and that is very illegal and can get you and the people you show it too in large amounts of legal trouble. If you’re a minor just don’t.

But that argument from that person is a half baked attempt at policing another person’s body. And that is very wrong. While yes, asexuals may be triggers or squicked out at seeing a naked body, so might other people. And that’s why we have tags and trigger warnings. There is a system in place for people who don’t want to see those things to block them.

A non equal slightly hyperbolic example: I as a trans man am triggered by discussions of menstruation and pregnancy. Certain discussions of it can cause me me to feel sick and get panic attacks. Does that mean everyone should stop talking about menstruation and pregnancy because myself and other trans men might be triggered? Of course not. I take care to avoid those situations. And while it is not my fault if I am not able to avoid something and get triggered, that does not mean that just because someone might be triggered things should not be talked about. Though people can take care and use respect when bringing them up. (i.e. tagging potential triggers in tumblr’s case, alerting readers to potential triggers in the beginning of an article or story, not posting nude or sexual photos in areas where they are not acceptable [for example non not safe for work blogs], making sure that the participants in a conversation are comfortable with the topic, and a myriad of other things)

While these situations are not equal, I have similar opinions about them. In your case: It’s your body. If you want to take nude photos of it, awesome!! Do it! Celebrate your body and your sexuality! If you are an adult then you have the right to distribute these images however you want! (except not to minors. Don’t do that.) Minor or adult, you have a right to dress and express yourself however you want. Wear clothes that make you feel good. If those clothes involve showing some skin, cool. If they don’t, that’s okay too. There is nothing wrong with either of those cases! Of course there are going to be certain situations where certain outfits are going to be more socially acceptable than others, but that doesn’t supersede your right to dress however you chose.

If other mods want to add onto this feel free, but this is 100% my stance on this subject.

-Kieren

i am against the contemporary practice of “period art” that makes generalizing or essentalizing statements about some fiction of “womanhood” BUT I worry for the overvaluation of this caution: ie, i think that people who menstruate should be able to talk about it and that it can be empowering just as talking about sweating, crying, growing, being sick, giving birth, jerking off– can be empowering on a personal level. bodies experience all kinds of things and are marginalized in different ways and any of those functions should be up for open discussion and exploration. i think assuming that any discussion of menstruation in a personal-artistic context is always going to the fall into the bad 70s-essentialist-feminism rut is very limiting, and i think there should be special caution towards cutting off very young teenagers who want to talk about it openly. for many people in many contexts any discussion of bodily functions is still heavily censored. 


if you’re a terf don’t reblog this shit tho thanks :+) 

anonymous asked:

Consent needs to be taught in schools. I do not recall anything to do with consent in sex ed classes that the teachers said directly to the students there. Nothing at all. The only thing that I do vaguely remember in my school to do with consent is a poster with the words "No means no" on it but that was stuck on the corner of a corridor where one of the sets of stairs were, where no one is really going to pay any attention to. Yuck!

For real.

My sex ed, when I was 11, consisted of a brief description of how conception works (with an added message of abstinence until marriage), an even more brief discussion of menstruation, and then they told us not to masturbate because it’d make us infertile. They didn’t even tell us what masturbation is. I’m not even joking. They told us not to do something without telling us what that thing was. I masturbated before I even knew what masturbation was (which I found out through a movie when I was fucking 14).

There was NO discussion about STIs. NO discussion about contraception/safe sex, and the word abortion wasn’t even mentioned once. Neither was consent. I REPEAT: THE WORD “CONSENT” WAS NOT MENTIONED ONCE.

The culture of sex/coming of age I grew up in was essentially “find out for yourself because the adults won’t tell it like it is out of fear/religious doctrine.” So problematic and so unfortunate. I watched a lot of really really ugly introductions into sex throughout middle/high school and unfortunately this lead to a warped view of what’s okay and what’s not in myself and many of my peers.

I was afraid of my body and sexuality (not to mention the internalized homophobia) for years. After my sexual debut at 18 (it was hers too), I felt so guilty and that guilt lead to the deterioration of that relationship, one of the best relationships I ever had. The guilt is something I’m still getting past. There’s also the small detail that I denied my bisexuality until, what, like fucking 8 months ago? Until I was 21 years old? I was so scared of it that I pushed it deep deep down inside myself.

Most of these problems, if not all of them, can be explained by the good ole fashion Catholic sex education I had taught to me by my school’s 5th grade English teacher/nun (clearly an expert in human sexuality given the vow of chastity).

This became an essay TL;DR we need better sex ed.

the way people discuss things like pregnancy and menstruation in SJ spaces is so fucking irritating at best and downright harmful at worst tbh

like on the one hand you have the people who think talking about these things at all is inherently transphobic and exclusionary, and who try to agressively silence *any* discussion of the political realities of sex-based oppression and call cis women and trans men degrading terms like “uterus bearer” or w/e which is obviously incredibly shitty and misogynistic, and a huge problem on this site

but unfortunately many women try to push back against both SJ and patriarchal taboos around these topics by turning to obnoxious hippie earth-mother-goddess crap and completely romanticizing pregnancy and menstruation and implying that everything about it is completely positive and **empowering** once you get rid of the patriarchy element, even though historically these things have been and continue to be nightmarish experiences for many women, for reasons that have nothing to do with patriarchy

i mean, if someone wants to relate to their *own* period that way, that’s entirely their prerogative and it’s whatever, but a lot of people take it way too far and it once again turns into insinuating that women are unnatural and borderline monstrous if they don’t feel a connection to/take pride in their bodies’ reproductive capabilities, especially if they’re disgusted by or unhappy with it because they don’t want children and are upset by being viewed as potential babymakers

it’s cool that we’re discussing menstruation as a natural and normal occurance that people shouldn’t feel shame/be attacked for, but can i just reiterate that
1. not everyone who menstruates is a woman
2. not all women menstruate
3. discussing menstruation may trigger dysphoria for some, so please tag it. this isn’t the same as cis men/society saying “ew i don’t want to hear about your period” it is a legitimate concern for a lot of people
4. thanks friends

i thought i might share some of my experiences with you guys among other things

as many of you know, i am a feminist. I’d like to explain some reasons why

I am a feminist because when i was walking home a while back from school, a man significantly older than me told me “I bet your mouth would look better with my dick in it” and no one bothered to help me. the man didn’t leave me alone until i told him a firm “fuck off”

I am a feminist because when I told the man that I was going to call the police, he seemed offended, and even told me to “calm the fuck down” because it was a compliment and I shouldn’t be so mad or serious.

I am a feminist because my seventh grade science teacher told me that women aren’t as successful as men because they’re not mentally capable of apprehending things like men are. I lectured on him how it’s sexist to say so. He said he “didn’t mean it like that.”

I am a feminist because my seventh grade health teacher told me that we couldn’t discuss menstruation in class because it’s disgusting and not obligatory to speak of. I was terrified of my period and wanted to know more about it, but he still denied.

I am a feminist because my fellow classmates think that it isn’t sexist that a woman gets paid 80 cents to every dollar a man makes.

I am a feminist because every time I would make an argument with a classmate about why feminism is important and should be spoken of more, his only comeback was “That’s why God was a man.” I don’t believe in God, and when I told him this, he told me that I was going to Hell.

I am a feminist because my eighth grade history teacher told the class that girls should know better than to get raped, and when I said “we shouldn’t teach girls to not get raped. We should teach boys to not rape” she told me it’s disrespectful to talk back to my peers

I am a feminist because when I tried to explain to my nine-year-old sister what feminism is, she told me that it doesn’t matter because the boys in her fourth grade class will still continue to call her a pussy because she couldn’t throw a basketball into the net

I am a feminist because my mom told me that I should know how to cook and clean and make others happy before anything else because that’s what her mom taught her.

I am a feminist because my uncle once told me that skinny women wearing low cut tops are putas (sluts) because they don’t know how to dress professionally.

I am a feminist because people still call the Jane Doe who was raped in Steubenville a slut and a whore after three/four years after it’s happened

I am a feminist because my own (guy) friends made me cry because they kept saying feminism is stupid and that men have less rights than a women.

I am a feminist because they continue to bully me now. I try not to speak to them anymore.

I am a feminist because I can’t think of a world where there’s equality of the sexes, but I want to change that.

I am a feminist because when Emma Watson made her speech for the HeForShe campaign, people accused her of being a slut and threatened to leak her “nudes” all because they felt threatened.

I am a feminist because i am a thirteen-year-old girl living in a society where I feel like my voice means nothing. Because no one seems to listen to me when I try to explain something to them. Because no one give me the time of day and no one would let me explain no matter how much I want them to. Because I dedicate so much of my life to advocating gender equality and women empowerment that when I feel my voice doesn’t matter, my anxiety worsens and my depression gets more severe all because no one listens to me.

I am a feminist because I want to change things. I want to be more involved in making society equal. Equal between sexes, including the trans, and anyone homosexual, pan-sexual, bisexual, whatever it is.

I am a feminist because I think we should be equal among one another. Because I think both genders should be treated equally. Because no one should feel the way I feel now: alone, voiceless, distraught, like no one is there to listen to what I have to say. I want everyone to have a voice, and that shouldn’t take ten, twenty, thirty years to happen. It should start happening now.

I am a feminist because I want everyone to be happy and equal.