Sister Suffragette, I think they’re getting it! – International Women’s Day 2015
Another year has gone by and today we celebrate both my birthday (I’m 26! Eeek!) and International Women’s Day… oh and Gay Christmas Hangover/Gay Boxing Day. Happy Gay Christmas!
Ok, now back to business. I feel like these past twelve months have been huge for feminism. Not women, nope, we’re still battling against domestic violence, rape, double standards, lower wages, the right to abortion, being told we’re not funny and the billion other issues that face us every day… but feminism as a movement has had a great year, a real resurgence. The fact that it’s being talked about so much more, both in every day life and the media, is a huge step forward.
With media personalities such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Emma Watson claiming the title feminist and social media movements like #HeForShe, we’re also seeing young girls discussing women’s issues and embracing the term earlier than ever. This in itself is one of the most exciting things for me, as when I decided to call myself a feminist when I was still a teenager, I was dubbed a ‘man-hater’ and ‘lesbian’ (the second isn’t even an insult!) and made to feel like a social outcast, all because I believed in equal opportunities for the sexes… and it baffled me that no one else my age felt the way I did, especially as I attended an all girl’s high school.
The fact that men are also claiming the title and standing with us as allies in a way we’ve never seen before is also quite powerful in it’s own way. Nice to see them finally check their goddamn privilege. But enough about that.
In honour of my favourite day of the year and this amazing new wave of feminism we’re seeing emerging, here’s a few of my favourite totally feminist moments of the last year:
Black Space by Taylor Swift
All the hashtags like #YesAllWomen, #EverydaySexism, #QuestionsForMen and #AskHerMore taking over the Twittersphere
How many times have you been sent to change clothes because your outfit was to distracting to female classmates? #QuestionsForMen
— McKenzie Collins (@kenziecollen) February 28, 2015
“I have a boyfriend” is the easiest way to get a man to leave you alone. Because he respects another man more than you. #yesallwomen
— Juliet Bennett Rylah (@JBRylah) May 25, 2014
The viral video from NYC that highlighted the sexism that women face every single fucking day
There’s been hundreds of brilliant moments in feminism this year and I could be here all day if I wanted to share them all, so those are my favourites. What were yours?