And while we credit previous feminists movements for helping to create a society where most sensible people would agree with the statement “women and men are equals,” we lament the fact that we remain light-years away from being able to say that most people believe that femininity is masculinity’s equal.
Julia Serano, Whipping Girl
I think a part of what might help us to achieve this is to make sure that our feminism values femininity. We also need to recognize the ways in which our cultural views of femininity often exclude marginalized women. For white, cis, heterosexual, able-bodied women, it’s relatively easy to either fully embrace or fully reject feminine expression, yet queer women, trans women, fat women, black women, disabled women, etc; their gender expression is much more heavily policed. Their femininity is always either too much or too little.
We need to value self expression of gender in a way that lets people feel comfortable in their own skin, day to day, without feeling pressured or limited in their options.
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