I need feminism because when I tell people I do powerlifting, they are surprised that I look ‘so feminine’, and when I tell them one of my best friends can bench press over 90kg, they ask ‘so does she look like a man? (hot tip: she doesn’t, she looks like a buff sexy babe!)
I am so sick of the idea that women are physically weak, and that if you are not you are somehow less of a woman. I see ladies at the gym all the time who are feminine, strong, beautiful and inspiring and yet so many people seem to think that women gaining strength will somehow magically transform their bodies into a man’s.
I need feminism because through engaging with the concept of patriarchal privilege, I now can also acknowledge the privilege inherent in being a young, white, educated, able-bodied, middle-class female in Australian society, and work towards equality for ALL.
I need feminism because wearing eyeliner, lipstick, and being flirty doesn’t mean yes. I can act and dress ANY FUCKING WAY I WANT and that doesn’t make me a slut.
Recently, a few people have called me “too flirty” and “too sexual” by the guys I didn’t want to go out with. They say it’s only normal that they think of me as “dating material” because, after all, a girl who wears lipstick and is comfortable with her sexuality MUST be a slut.
Breaking news, I can flirt left and right and still be able to say NO.
That is WHY I NEED FEMINISM. And honestly, I’m perfectly comfortable with being flirty and I am not going to change for your stupid standards. I love myself, I shouldn’t change for a couple of douchebags.
PS. Your tumblr is amazing, keep up the great work!