For a while now, feminists have been posting pictures of themselves holding signs that explain why they’re feminists. Then the MRA’s decided to get involved. And now there are cats. So I thought I’d add my voice. As a human, not a cat…in case you were wondering. Any way, here’s my list:
I need feminism because I shouldn’t be told I’m crazy for walking alone outside after 9pm.
I need feminism because my old manager thought it was appropriate to tell me that I should smile. Seriously, this is annoying. If you don’t know why this is not okay, then it’s never happened to you.
I need feminism because, when I was selling electronics, people showed me more respect when they assumed that I was a boy than they did when they assumed that I was a girl. Even women. Though I did find it funny when they would ask me a question, not believe my answer, walk over to my male coworker and ask him, and then watch with their mouths agape when he’s inevitably walk over and ask me their question. I was pretty much the most experienced electronics employee.
I need feminism because I will be going into a male dominated field no matter what I do after university, and I shouldn’t have to be worried about that. But I am. I know I’ll likely not make as much as the men, and I likely won’t be as respected. I’ve heard enough stories from enough women, and seen enough studies, to tell me that I’m right to worry.
I need feminism because I’m the first female president of the Freethinkers Club, and one of the few female members. The freethinker, atheist, agnostic, etc movement is still very much an old boys club.
I need feminism because being a feminist within the above movement is frowned upon and can lead to harassment.
I need feminism because academia is still an old boys club, and people still question my place in it.
There are many more reasons why I need feminism, but this is what I can think of at the moment. Let me know in the comment section why you need feminism.