Maisie Williams' Normal vs Feminist suggestion
I've wanted to write this post for a while, but I've sort of been on a break from my blog. I know I want to post more about things I actually think about on a daily basis, rather than solely beauty, fashion, and food. Of course, I'll still be posting about those things because they're three things I love. I do plan on branching out, however, and hopefully you don't mind that!
So, a few weeks or months ago, Maisie Williams suggested getting rid of the 'feminist' label. Since then, I've had a number of people bring that up with me and suggest that I shouldn't call myself a feminist, I should call myself normal. I just wanted to do a blog post on it, so that maybe I can direct all of those people straight to my blog to let them know why I definitely will not be abandoning the term 'feminism', and why nobody else should, either.
Of course, I'm no feminist expert. All I know is what I feel, what I've experienced, and what I've read. If you have a different view to me, feel free to leave a comment because hearing other points of view can only ever be helpful.
So feminism has this negative stigma around it, because people think if you're a feminist you're crazy and you hate men or whatever. I think that this was born from people who didn't understand feminism, and were annoyed at feminists for trying to initiate change when society was quite happy to remain oblivious to inequality and continue as it was. Anyway, I could write a whole other blog post on that, but I'm not going to right now. Because of the stigma, people (such as Maisie Williams) might be afraid to call themselves a feminist because they're scared of the hate they'll get. Honestly, I just think that's cowardly and stupid, because you should know what feminism is and be prepared to explain to people that it isn't about hating men or whatever, it's simply about equality.
So as for referring to people as 'normal' or 'sexist', I feel like feminism would be forgotten. "Get rid of feminism because feminists are crazy and not helpful." I feel like that's the message that sends out. It would be great if we could all either be labelled normal or sexist, but we really can't right now. There's misogyny ingrained in our society which you don't even realise exists until you research it, and it's through speaking out about it that it could be abolished.
I'd also like to say now, that simply by putting that I'm a feminist in my profile has led to a lot of people asking me questions about feminism, and saying they'd learnt a lot after I explained it to them. So just that alone proves that it's helpful to use the word rather than simply 'normal'. 'Normal' is a completely meaningless word that could refer to anything. You can't put in your Twitter bio that you're normal and expect to help reduce sexism.
Another thing to consider about the word 'feminist' is what all of the feminists before us have done. Many women have gone through a lot of crap in the past in the name of feminism, and I think that needs to be remembered. Identifying as feminist joins us to them as part of a group, as well as present day feminists, so that we're all working towards the same goal.
I could say more on the topic but I feel like I've rambled a lot already. I hope this helps you understand why I am a feminist and not 'normal', as Maisie Williams has suggested.
On a final note, in case you didn't know, feminism is about EQUALITY. In identifying as a feminist, I strive for men and women to be equal, as well as people from all cultures, all races, able-bodied or disabled, every age, every gender and sexuality, whatever the background and location. Everybody. So it isn't at all about hating men... it isn't about hating anybody.
(More blog posts coming soon)
P.S. I love Maisie Williams and can see that she was coming from a positive place in what she said, I just don't agree with it, and I think she should reconsider.