Three words which I have not previously uttered on my blog, even so three words which are very important. I'm a feminist. Before you freak out and accuse me of being a man-hating lesbian, hear me out. I have never dedicated a post to feminism and this isn't because I don't see it as important, it's because I never previously saw it as necessary. For me, the main objective of feminism is to achieve equal rights between men and women. Therefore I never really saw why you wouldn't be a feminist. But I have recently asked many people I know (particularly at my school) and a surprising amount have told me that they would not consider themselves feminists. This was a huge shock to me. I think a huge portion assume the stereotypes are true. In fact one of the first people I asked whether they were a feminist said no, and when I told them I was they immediately accused me of being a lesbian who hated men. At first I couldn't tell if this was an immature 14 year old boy trying to get attention or a genuine assumption. Either way, I didn't like it.
You may have recently seen Emma Watson's incredible speech at the UN about the HeForShe campaign to promote equal rights. If you haven't, watch it. It basically sums up everything I want to express on this topic. I covered the story and wrote an article about it for CultNoise magazine which you can check out HERE. I also go into a but more depth about my school 'survey' so make sure you give it a read.
Whether you're a man or a woman, you can take action. Check out HeForShe HERE.