MAKERS on Feminism
Whether her words are backed by Beyoncé beats or firmly stated at a TEDx talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie clarifies the definition of "feminist" for all to hear:
“Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."
You need not be a democrat, a riot grrrl, or a woman to claim this word. You don't even have to be good at claiming it. Take Roxane Gay, who embraces the title Bad Feminist, (and called her collection of essays the same thing) because she admits, "I am flawed and human."
Don't worry about being perfect, just think about learning. Learn from Gloria, Oprah, Alicia. Learn from your mother and grandmothers. We need feminism, and we need everyone to learn enough to be outspoken. In the U.S., 1 in 4 women experiences intimate partner violence in her life. In India, women are being pressured into unsafe sterilization. These are only two examples of global mistreatment affecting women today--the list is long.
Issues of inequality need to be talked about, and action might happen faster when we can give the movement a name.