I find it strange when people tell me that they are not a Feminist, but believe in the equality of the sexes. Mostly become these two are synonymous. If you are a Feminist, you believe that everyone should have the same rights.
It’s especially shocking for me when woman don’t want to be associated with Feminism, a movement that is fighting to improve upon the rights of women that it has already fought to achieve. I believe that it’s the movement itself, not the ideals, that people are scared to be associated with, even though it has become relatively popular in the present era.
This is an issue that is very important to me, and I plan on speaking on it frequently. I wanted to give some good examples of Feminism in Modern Culture to incite some discussion.
A Tyranny of Petticoats by Lots of YA Authors and Editing by Jessica Spotswood
This is a collection of stories from all your favorite YA authors, ranging from a multitude of time periods. All of them include badass female characters having crazy adventures. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. It’s central theme is the complexity of women across time.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
This is a fantasy YA trilogy (I’ve only read the first book), set in a fictional universe. Kelsea Raleigh is a princess in hiding, who most emerge to take her mother’s throne. The part about this that makes it Feminist friendly is that the whole line of rulers is female, also there is no romance plot. It’s just about Kelsea trying to become a good Queen and rule her kingdom justly.
Bad Moms (2016)
I just watched this movie this weekend and loved it. It has so many great messages. The mothers in this movie basically decide that they are done with societies version of the perfect mom.There is also a heavy emphasis that the males need to start pulling their weight. The only part I didn’t like was the romance plot, I felt like it was forced and unnecessary.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
I know that this one came out awhile ago, but I think it’s still a really good example. There was a lot of outrage from the Star Wars community with the fact that their new Jedi was a girl. Honestly, I thought it was really well done.
These are two of my favorite slam poems, both are from YouTube.
The Period Poem by Dominique Christina:
This poem challenges society’s stigma around menstruation. It has heavy mother/daughter themes that give us all a reality check on how we are raising little girls. It’s also extremely witty.
You can find it Here.
Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them by Brenna Twohy:
Brenna Twohy ridicules the Porn Industry as well as men’s perceptions of women’s sexuality. Lots of Harry Potter references, very powerful message. I would edefinitely reccomend.
You can find it Here.
All in all, I think it comes down to supporting women. The media we consume should be practicing Feminist behavior just as much as our society does.
What are your thoughts on Feminism and its appearances in modern culture? What examples do you guys know of in these catagories and others?
Let me know.