As a young college-aged woman, I find that the majority of my peers do not understand what it actually means to be a feminist.
Because obviously being a feminist means you burn your bras and hate men right?
In fact, most of my peers would disown the idea of being a feminist. They reply with “that is so extreme” or “I actually like men” or “I don’t like what it means to be a feminist.” To those women I reply with:
I don’t think it means, what you think it means. (Princess Bride anyone?)
By definition a feminist is someone who has the belief in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. This then follows that feminism, as a movement, is the recognition and critique of male supremacy combined with efforts to change it.
So as a college-aged woman of the 21st century, how could you not support and act in the name of feminism?
STAND UP FOR YOUR FELLOW WOMAN! (and hey, not wearing a bra can be pretty freeing too!)
After all isn’t that the beauty of our generation? We aren’t afraid to challenge the beliefs of the past or our current reality. We are strong enough to admit that the status-quo, shouldn’t be the status-quo. That as a woman, you can be smart, beautiful, witty, strong, independent, desirable, man-loving, and a feminist.
And as a bonus, you might just find that by embracing your worth as a woman and challenging the social norms, you now hold the power to change how the next generation views feminists: that it is OK.