An Illustrated Guide to Feminism

When I was younger I used to find it very easy to say I was a ‘staunch feminist’. With age I started getting confused about what that meant. I never had doubts that I will live as an equal because that is what it ought to be. My confusion was more about what is it that feminism was, and what and whom was it that I was standing for or with. Most of my (women) friends were making choices and behaving in ways that confused me, most specially because we had together advocated a different kind of life, belief and behavior system growing up. With more age (:) ) I think I am beginning to clear my fog, and again believe and vocally so, that I am a ‘staunch’ feminist. Because it is about equality. Equality, it is that basic. That simple.  The nuances may differ, the credo might, but my brand of feminism is about non negotiable equality.

I loved the article. The process of assessing, re-assessing is on, but I loved the article because it is honest and simple and assertive.

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I posted an article on my personal blog recently that received feedback in the comments section. It questioned my definition of feminism as “simplistic.” I had cribbed mine from Merriam-Webster and Google:

Feminism (n): advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

“Of course I used a simple definition,” I wanted to argue. “No one will understand me if it’s complicated. You have to crawl before you can walk.”

I thought for awhile about how best to respond. I thought for awhile about why I believe in the power of simple definitions. I thought for awhile about how the word “feminism” has a really bad reputation, and about how a major source of negative stereotypes seems to stem from a lack of understanding about the meaning of the word.

And then, I drew some pictures.

… OK, I drew some admittedly terrible pictures. Using that old standby of artists’ mediums, the paintbrush tool on Microsoft Paint. (Hey, I only said I was a blogger. I never claimed to be an artist).

I don’t know that much. Frankly, I’m not sure if I even got it right. I’m not a feminist scholar. I’m just a blogger who cares.

But it is a start. A definition is a very good place to start.

I hope it will help.

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This article has been written by . It appeared in The Huffington Post on 5/12/2014. It can be accessed by clicking here.

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