This Gay Teen Deserves An A+ For Her Feminist Yearbook Quote

“Twitter user @casualnosebleed shared a photo of a yearbook quote chosen by her close friend Caitlyn Cannon on Tuesday, and in just one day, the image was retweeted almost 4,000 times. In her Twitter bio, Cannon describes herself as a “feminist” and “really gay.” Her senior quote sums that up quite perfectly.

The quote reads: “I need feminism because I intend on marrying rich and I can’t do that if my wife and I are making .75 cent for every dollar a man makes.”

Cannon, a 17-year-old who just graduated from Oak Hills High School in California, said she found the quote on Tumblr and changed the parts that were written from a man’s perspective. She chose the quote because she wanted to leave something behind that was both different and true to herself.

“I was tired of seeing the same old quotes from popular books and movies and authors, and I wanted to call attention to a problem that women face,” she said in an email to The Huffington Post. “I’ve never really been ashamed to say that I am gay, so the LGBT aspect was simply who I am.”

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Cannon describes herself as a “feminist” and “really gay.”  

So I work retail...

At a little girls clothing store, and we have a super cute backpack that says “Girls can change the world!” Super cute, right? And today a family came in and the Dad looked at me and said “I don’t like that Girls can change the world backpack. That’s not true, girls can’t change the world. Women now a day forget that men are in charge and that they don’t belong in changing the world.” I was just so shocked, like who the fuck says that? Why do you not want your daughter to be a strong independent woman? I just had no words for him. Sexism is real. People like this is why we need feminism. I’m still processing that interaction, because I’m just so confused. I’m just really glad my manager sent me on my break and took over that for me.

Dear “Feminists”,


They are people who have made the decision to stay home with their children! It’s the beauty of women being able to make choices like that; THEY HAVE CHOICES. 

And while I’m at it, don’t same stay-at-home-fathers either. 

What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.

How relaxing it would be, what an immeasurable relief it would be, to not have beauty constantly expected, demanded, enforced. To just - exist, without the insistent demand that my appearance match others’ ideals, without being sanctioned for not fulfilling those ideals. Existing as a person, not expected to double as a work of visual art that exists for public consumption and public critique.

C’est les jours comme aujourd’hui avec les millions de personnes qui vont aux Women’s Marches qui me rappellent que j’ai le droit d’être une femme et d’en être fière, et que j’ai le devoir de me battre contre tous ceux qui me diront que j’ai tort

Et voir que je ne suis pas seule dans le combat et qu’il y a des millions de gens dans les rues pour soutenir nos droits, je dois dire que ça me réchauffe le coeur ♥