I was always the outcast kid among boys my age when I was younger because they thought I stood ‘too much’ for girls, or that I had feminine tendencies–what are “feminine tendencies”? I never understood that term. Because I always thought whatever I can do, a girl can do it, too. Hence, I grew up not having a male friend–all my friends are females, and I LOVE it. I knew having male friends in my teenage years would involve conversations with sexual innuendos–gas to the sexist man.
I never understood why I was treated differently than my female cousins in our household. Even my dad, he used to say, “You have to study harder in school because you are a man and you will have to take care of your family one day; your cousins are girls, a man will take care of them.” Repeating this tastes like acid in my mouth. I regret not asking him why couldn’t my cousins take care of their families just like I would mine? Growing up in a family that dehumanized girls and put them second to men made me sick to my stomach.
However, thank God I grew up and learned the term feminism, and today I carry that ideology with nothing but utmost pride.
I support equality between the sexes because I want my future daughter never to feel like her brother is better than her, or that she owes a man an explanation for owning her life, sexuality, independence, and career.
I am a feminist because I grew up with my grandmother who ran her restaurant and managed her household, and brought up her kids with no man around, even though she was married at the age of 15.
I stand with women because there is no difference between my best friends who want to be lawyers and engineers and me, and if I, a male, were to follow the same career steps I would get paid more just because I have my genital sticking out between my legs.
I want to educate girls, not because of the saying, “when you educate a girl, you educate a household.” First of all, she is not there to educate a household. I want EVERY single girl to get an education because they are worthful as their male peers. There are so many advantages to a girl having an education: she will know her rights, how to assert her sexuality and never feel like she is a “whore” because she knows what she wants sexually. Educating girls also betters the economy by controlling populations. A girl that has been educated will know how to plan her pregnancies.
I am a feminist because if I am too young at the age of 13 to marry a woman that is 32-years-old or older, then my female friend who is my age is too young to marry a man who could be her father–or even grandfather.
I want to see women take positions of power because when a woman has power EVERYONE is included, and no woman’s health decisions are made for her by a syndicate composed of old white men.
I will take a stand with my female friends in solidarity because if I don’t support women’s rights which are human’s rights, then I will have to live with the heartache of watching my daughter and best friends waste their lives being someone’s wife. And especially if someone’s wife is not a title they want to carry with pride.
Let’s all take the initiative to stand with our female friends, or our daughters, mothers, wives, or sisters!