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I’m a feminist because...

I’m a feminist because everyone should be.

Growing up, my parents would always tell me to be properly dressed around my brothers. Never mind that they were walking around in short boxer briefs, it was me who had to be presentable. I was the girl, after all.

In school, I was always taught that the way I dressed affected a boy’s education. I was taught that the slight peek of my shoulder was enough to get me sent to the head office. It was much too distracting, because after all, a boy’s education had to be more important than a girl’s. At least, that was what they were teaching me.

This is why I’m a feminist.

I’m a feminist because it is 2017, and when I talk about how unfair it is that a professional athlete gets to walk away from the accusation of raping a girl without a single ding to their career, I’m some sort of radical that needs to calm down. Because that poor girl’s life will never be the same, but said athlete’s career is perfectly intact.

I’m a feminist because my aunt says things like, “Oh, those feminists, they just need to shave their armpits and get over it.” Because somehow the grooming of my body hair has everything to do with the rights I’m fighting for.

I’m a feminist because people still think you must have a vagina to be considered a woman.

I’m a feminist because I am 20 years old, and when I tell people I’m not sure I want to have kids, they look at me like I just defied all womankind.

I’m a feminist because when mothers choose to work rather than stay at home with their children, they aren’t doing “enough.”

I’m a feminist because when fathers choose to stay at home with their children rather than work, they somehow aren’t as “manly.”

I’m a feminist because parents still won’t let their sons play with Barbies.

I’m a feminist because young boys are taught that crying is bad. Showing emotion is bad, better to bottle it up and never feel. If you cry, you’re a girl, and no one wants to be a girl.

I’m a feminist because when my family talks about the Women’s March that happened yesterday, they say things like, “What’s protesting going to change?” and “They’re honestly just wasting their time. Nobody’s going to listen to them.” Never mind that the country we are living in found its freedom through protesting—No Taxation Without Representation. But I suppose that’s okay. It was men protesting then.

I’m a feminist because when my aunt saw a picture of a man marching with women yesterday, she snorted and said, “What’s he doing there? Doesn’t he have something better to do?” Her seven year old son was sitting next to her.

I’m a feminist because a highly qualified politician lost the presidential election to a less than mediocre businessman who based his campaign on misogyny, racism, bigotry, and slander. Because this country would rather see an over privileged, racist, homophobic, white man, whose years of experience sums up to zero, in office rather than a woman whose qualifications are more than his will ever be. Because I somehow have to have years of experience before I can even get my first job, but Donald Trump can get sworn into office without a single day of political experience.

I’m a feminist because the President of the United States speaks vilely of women and all minorities, and I’m the terrible one for disliking him.

I’m a feminist because I get made fun of for being a feminist.

I’m a feminist because I want the next generation of girls to live in a better world than mine.

I’m a feminist for these reasons and so many others.

I’m a feminist because everyone should be.

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mqyq  asked:

more like blm protests vs womens march #yikes

The women’s March is an event that BARELY happens, of course hundreds of thousands of people are gonna come together. who knows when there will be another women’s March. But the reason a #BLM protest may have fewer people is bc it can happen anytime…… It most likely happens whenever an unarmed black person gets shot by police and that’s like…. everyday………… lmao nice try tho

Local conservative news reports on the Women’s March are hilarious bc right now they’re conflicted between their hate of peaceful protests as “an excuse of violent people to riot and raid” and their sexism saying women can’t achieve anything and must be protected from said raids and riots.

…so right now they’re saying “police fear violent riots may spring up throughout the women’s protests, which pictures by our news crew reveal is NOT consistent of peacefully protesting women, but instead violent-looking men looking to earn a quick buck or hurt and rape somebody.”

I’m sorry honey, your crew must have accidently snapped a picture of our new president, not any of the protesters. Easy mistake to make when you see a bunch of men where a woman should be.

anonymous asked:

I know I'm late but @BLM anon. I don't live in the USA and I didn't support BLM as it a violent group. But then I realised it was the same thing that happens to most 'rights' movement. Feminists are all crazy women because that's what the internet shows you, they don't show you the sane ones who want actual equality. It's the same with BLM the media would rather have a title 'BLM CAUSES RIOT' than 'BLM had peaceful march' bad events sell, so that's what we see. The good are hidden by the media.

Dude exactly. This is exactly right.
-Edge

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The National Mall has flooded with pink, as demonstrators descend on the nation’s capital Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington. Just one day after President Trump’s inauguration, marchers from across the country have gathered in the city to protest his agenda and support for women’s rights.

A three-hour rally is opening the event. The march proper is planned for the mid-afternoon, with a path that’s set to extend from a starting position near the U.S. Capitol to its endpoint near the Washington Monument.

The city’s metro system reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m. According to metro officials that’s eight times more than a normal Saturday. Reuters adds that the number is als “82,000 more than the 193,000 rides reported at the same point on Friday,” the day of Trump’s inauguration.

LISTEN LIVE: Women’s March Floods Washington, Sparking Rallies Nationwide

Photos: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images (2); Sarah McCammon/NPR; Becky Harlan/NPR; Polly Irungu/NPR (5)

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Donald Trump creates massive “safe space” to keep feminists away from inauguration

  • The Women’s March on Washington was slated to take place at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 21. 
  • According to a Facebook event page, more than 138,000 vowed to march.
  • The event hopes to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights,“ according to the event page. 
  • But now, marchers will have to find a new space to send that message.
  • On behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, the National Park Service has taken precautions to secure large areas of Washington, D.C. in observance of Inauguration Day, the Guardian reported. 
  • The legislation also established a "massive omnibus blocking permit” for several of D.C.’s landmark political locations — including the Lincoln Memorial — for time both before and after Jan. 20, when the president-elect will officially be inaugurated. Read more
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Some of my favorite signs from today’s Women’s March on Washington

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