Feminism is rooting in our culture. From the right to vote to recent forms of independency, we’re sure go one thing: the world is changing!
We are not afraid of admitting we are, an will always be, feminists.
This statement, which goes way back, has recently become a way to label ourselves. Young people, influencers and singers go around proudly wearing t-shirts with “feminist” written on it. And don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with it.
But are we really sure this strong word that is being so easily used, doesn’t have a deeper meaning?
A feminist is a person who firmly believes there is political, social, economic and social equality between of the sexes. If in this very moment we think it is something obvious, well we better remember all that women had to go through to get where they are today (which is, believe it or not, not 100% equality yet). They have had to fight for centuries against societies that prioritized the male point of view and where women were treated unfairly. Sadly, there still are various places around the world where women are still fighting for the most basic rights.
The true feminism was born as a political movement during the 19th century but it will only reach its first real results during the war’s aftermath. One of its first results was the right to vote.
In the same period, women writers such as Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir started getting recognition, a sign that something was actually indeed changing on a deeper level. Culture was changing, and once it does, there’s no turning back.
Sill, to this very day, sex equality is only apparent: women are still fighting to be accounted as equal to men in a society that strongly prioritizes male point of view.
It’s not a coincidence that competition between women/girls is something that goes way back: having to look esthetically perfect to try and conquer an important man’s attention, a man rich enough to be able to “save” a woman from her difficult destiny.
But nowadays this is changing, as women are believes to be able to save themselves.
These changes are happening in a big part thanks to recent social campaign. And even if women/girls of all ages still think that makeup, great outfits and hairstyles are great and fun to do, at least the goal is changing.
Messages such as body positive and independency communicated by singers Beyoncè, Adele, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera indicate that women don’t put makeup on for a man but for themselves. Because putting a red lip, doing their hair or dressing a certain way make them feel good with themselves, perhaps even more confident about their look and person in general.
But be careful: nobody is saying that makup/great outfit is the only way a woman can achieve great confidence; one can be extremely confident with a bare face too. In this regard, start like Bella Thorne and Emily Ratajkowski are in fact showing that a woman can be such even with no makeup on or not waxing their legs/arms. They’re, all in all, showing their natural features.
And that’s a way to say that we don’t need to be in a certain way in order to be noticeable, to be someone or to reach goals.
These changes, as slow as they may look, give us hope that we’re more united then ever and there’s common ground to achieve, step by step, something greater.
Together we can conquer anything we want, we can win new battles and make the world a better place for everyone.
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