Feminism is a small word that carries a ton of weight. Everyone has different thoughts on what it means to be one. For example, the heat Emma Watson is receiving from this photo is so frustrating. I seriously can't believe it's causing this much of a hubbub. Like for real. There's bigger things to be focusing on in the world, and it's not like there's one cookie cutter version of what a feminist is supposed to be. We're all different people. Why can't we just accept that, instead of judging, shaming, and labeling others?
I will say though, I have been struggling with my feminist identity lately with everything going on in the main stream and from the type of backlash people like Emma Watson get. Reading the comments from people who also identify as a feminist, what the media is portraying that word as, things like that are definitely causing me to dig deeper into this label and think about what it means for me. Because it is with this identity that I move forward in the world, hoping to make a positive impact on others. What I've learned is I'm a shapeshifter. Yeah, I change my mind a lot when it comes to the "feminist agenda." I'm not consistent with some things I support, but I continue to educate myself and stand by the beliefs that matter to me (equal pay, sexual assault prevention, etc.) I really think Roxane Gay put it best. In her book Bad Feminist, she says, "I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying—trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself."
Isn't that what we're all trying to do?