Be Proud to Be A Woman

Women’s Rights
‘Wo·mens rights’
Noun
Rights that promote a position of legal and social equality of women with men.

Equal Rights
Equal – rights
Noun
The concept that every person is to be treated equally by the law.

Feminism
/’femə,nizəm/
Noun
The advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of equality of the sexes

We live in a world that is constantly changing and evolving, and in such a world who would believe that women’s rights, equality and feminism are all words that are considered ‘taboo’.

I hate to be the one to break it to you but if you believe in women’s rights— you are a feminist.

If you believe in equal rights— you are a feminist.

If you believe that everyone should have equal opportunity for their quality of life — you are indeed a feminist.

Feminism has no boundaries or borders, it does not stop at a state line or within your own country; it’s global. Feminism means having a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves, for those who are oppressed.Standing up for transgender women and men, queer women, disabled women, women of colour, young girls who are being passed off for marriage to men triple their age, women in countries where 90-99% of them will be sexually assaulted in their life and are being murdered by their fathers and brothers to protect their ‘honour’.

The homophobia, racism and sexism has to stop.

The sexual assaults, and rapes have to stop.

The hate crimes have to stop.

The suicides that could have and should have been prevented have to stop.

Unfortunately we have to use these occurrences to help educate people that these problems happen on a daily basis and they are most definitely wrong, they are unjust and go against everything we as moral human beings should believe in.
There has to be to a negative consequence for negative actions; people committing these crimes need to be persecuted instead of getting a slap on the wrist. A few months in jail and community service is not enough. Being put on suspension without pay is not enough. Having no repercussions at all is a slap in the face to the victims put through these trauma’s and they deserve so much better than they are receiving.

No matter the job title, the sports team, the academic successes, it does not give anyone the right to force themselves on a woman.

No matter what she was wearing or what she wasn’t, it does not give a anyone a free pass to a woman’s body.

No matter the level of intoxication, no means no and if she is unable to say no that does not mean go ahead have at her.

She wasn’t asking for it, she shouldn’t have not gone to that party, she shouldn’t have been more careful, it should be common sense not to take advantage of a woman, of anybody and it’s about time the world realized this.
A woman’s body is hers and hers alone— it is not yours, she does not owe you any part of it. People are so quick to pass off blame and judgement but let me ask you this — if it was your daughter, or sister, or mother, girlfriend, would you be so quick to blame the victim? Was she asking for it then? 1 in 4 of them will be sexually assaulted, so which one was asking for it?

There has come a time where we become tired of the world pushing everything under the rug and that time is now. We can’t only stand together in times of trouble, together we could put a stop to it before the situation has the chance to happen. Help educate people who don’t necessarily know what feminism is and believe the negative connotation around the word. Stand for what and who you believe in and don’t stop, there’s no such thing as an ‘angry’ feminist, we are ‘passionate feminists’ filled with love and compassion and hope for a better world. To be a feminist is to be inclusive not exclusive.

I am so proud to be a woman, we are strong, we are powerful, we are accepting and intelligent and beautiful on the inside and out; we see the potential in the world and all the ways we are prepared to fix the flaws within it. One woman can move mountains, imagine what we could all do together, as one.

So stand tall and stand proud, love your sisters and your lovers.

Be happy to be a woman.

One thought on “Be Proud to Be A Woman

  1. I’m happy to be a women. Now that you’ve aptly explained the terms to me, I’m going to say, I am indeed a feminist. I happy to be a proud and mighty part of the march that will free all women from the chains that bind them.

    I believe we have the ability to rise, and where I can help those that struggle harder, and longer than they should have to, my voice [it’s rather loud too] is there!

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