“I’ve watched far too many brilliant and gifted female creators say, ‘I am 99.8 percent qualified for this task, but until I master that last smidgen of ability, I will hold myself back, just to be on the safe side.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Society hints to women that to be loved and successful, we need to be perfect. In a blog post by Melissa Wilkins, she discusses how life is a process which should be driven by curiosity and creativity with plenty of room to play and experiment. When it’s driven by fear- to avoid being called out on your 0.2%- then you stand strictly within the bounds, and only consume life instead of design it.
In 2012, when I was first introduced to the fourth-wave-feminist movement I was nervous to place a label on myself. I found that many people had different definitions and ideas of what the label “feminist” holds. While I found some ideas to be very relatable and empowering, there were also other ideas that I didn’t agree with at all.
After reading Wilkins blog post, I realize that there was no supreme level of feminism. While the label means different things to different people, I rather channel my energy and curiosity on discovering my own definition. Although the way I see feminism may be different from the way other people see it, I can play an essential part in the movement by considering my own understanding of the problem.
To contribute to the movement, I wanted to share my knowledge and perspective on the issue and show how men and women are both relevant to the movement. After researching and self-reflection, I developed my understanding and designed my own definition:
- It’s a push for equality (for both genders)
Men and women’s liberation are linked- it is NOT a man-hating philosophy created to spite men. The movement is meant to achieve political, economic, personal and social equality of all genders. This includes contesting gender stereotypes.
2. It’s not only for girls
Society as a whole benefits from feminism; moreover, when a woman feels empowered as a man, the home prospers along with society. Men should be involved because it promotes productivity and economic growth as it allows women equal political, economic and social opportunity. Nobody is dominating anybody.
3. It provides a community
By working together toward a shared, common goal we create our own community which helps to channel our strengths. Feminism provides a network of people supporting and empowering one another. It is especially helpful for people, like myself, who has struggled seeing her capabilities and strengths.