Feminism Doesn’t mean I don’t wear a Bra

 

This summer I am taking some summer courses online. One of my favorite ones is my African-American women studies which is a capstone class. This means that it is on the list of classes that you are required to take before you graduate. I wanted to post my response to this weeks discussion here also. This week’s questions were as follows and these were my responses.

-Do you consider yourself a feminist or a feminist advocate? Why or why not? I apologize in advance to anyone that may be offended by this. I am a feminist and an advocate for the later. Why am I? The best way for me to explain why I am a feminist is to explain what Feminism IS NOT (in my opinion). Feminism does not mean my fiance doesn’t pay my bills. It does not mean I work a full-time job and bring home the bacon in a house where a man stays home with the kids. Feminism Doesn’t mean I don’t wear bras, don’t shave my underarms, I hate men, I’m not submissive, I don’t make myself look nice when I go out in public and specifically it doesn’t mean that I want a man to STOPbeing a gentleman. I think people avoid saying they are a feminist because they think these actions make you a feminist. You must understand clearly what it means to be a feminist. The simple definition is I believe that women deserve equal rights to that of a man, in all areas. The Webster’s Dictionary defines it as the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. This has nothing to do with my role in the household, how I dress or my sexual preference. Sexualization of woman is an issue people often confuse with feminism.  You fight like a girl or you run like a girl are phrases embedded in American culture as if being a woman/girl is to be less of a person. I can push a whole person out of me but I’m looked at as weak? How does that even make sense? I think men and woman should be feminist and if they were then the word and the movement would not exist. I would like to reference the TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

-Is there still a need for black women’s studies as an academic discipline? Why or why not? What are the implications of having black women’s studies as a course of study? What will happen if it is not a course of study? Yes, black women’s studies as an academic discipline is still needed because statistically speaking they are the most misunderstood. Not only am I a woman but I am black. Classes that have compiled the history, the achievements and the successful endeavors of black woman are the only way people of all cultures will get any true understanding of what African-American woman have experienced. The day that I can tell someone what do without having to smile, at the same time, so that I won’t look like an angry black woman is the day that we will stop needing classes like this. (2)The implications of having black women’s studies as a course of study could be confusing to people just like when people say Black Lives matter and others reply with All lives matter. The topic as hand doesn’t imply that Asian women studies or latina women issues aren’t important. Slavery happened, and the fight for women’s rights is still happening today, therefore, the only kind of people that both categories effect are black women. (3) I can’t really say what would happen if it wasn’t course of study but I would assume that people would continue to lump black women with African-American history and Women studies but I feel  the experience deserves it’s own category.(side bar: I felt the need to reply to this weeks post from my actual opinion. It is kind of hard to find references to it, without this becoming a full post of quotes from articles.)

Reference: http://www.academia.edu/3796638/Black_Womens_Studies_A_Call_for_Independence (Links to an external site.)

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-According to Dr. Guy-Sheftall’s article, there is a challenge to accept black women’s studies (and black studies in general) as “accepted” scholarship. Why is this thecase?  This is the case because it fits in the category of African American History and Women’s history, which can be hard for people to separate the two as being its own entity In your opinion, is this still the case? I think it is still the case because  some may feel that there is not a need to separate the two. Women have a long history of not having rights. The whole movement of Sororities was formed by women because their education experiences were different and harder. I think that people need to understand that when a particular group of people are treated as if they are not 100% human then that is where educational classes like this need to happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if Arab-American women study courses where the next to be offered in the near future.

 

 

I personally think that men have a problem with associating themselves with a word that feels like it is calling them a female. Being a feminist does NOT emasculate you. I would suggest that it makes you just that more attractive.

Comment. Like. Share. Are you a feminist or are you just afraid to say what you believe in?

 

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