The Guilty Feminist Blog Tour – What Feminism Means to Me
One type of book I’ve really wanted to get into more this year is non-fiction. I’ve got a few books about motivation and self-care, and I’ve really enjoyed those. When I was asked to join in the blog tour for The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White, I couldn’t turn it down. I was excited to try something new!
A funny, joyful, frank and inspiring book about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, from the creator of the hit comedy podcast, Deborah Frances-White.
From inclusion to the secret power of rom coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Deborah Frances-White explores what it means to be a 21st-century feminist and encourages us to make the world better for all women.
The Guilty Feminist also includes exclusive interviews with performers, activists and thinkers – Jessamyn Stanley, Zoe Coombs Marr, Susan Wokoma, Bisha K. Ali, Reubs Walsh, Becca Bunce, Amika George, Mo Mansfied and Leyla Hussein – plus a piece from Hannah Gadsby.
As part of this blog tour, all of the bloggers taking part have been asked to write about one of the following topics: what feminism means to you, or the moment you realised you were a feminist. I can’t really remember a precise point when I ‘became’ a feminist, so I’ve chosen to write about the first one!
What Feminism Means to Me
feminism, nounthe advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
Feminism is one of the hardest things to explain, especially to people who don’t understand. One of the most irritating things to hear as a feminist is that it’s all about bashing men and women taking over the world. It’s most definitely not.
I remember a conversation I had in university once when I was researching for an essay about female characters in Doctor Who. One of the questions I asked was about whether Doctor Who appeals to feminists, and the respondent said, “I don’t agree with feminism. I don’t think women should be seen as better than men. They should be equal.”
I just couldn’t help but laugh. I had to politely explain to her that that is exactly what feminism is all about, but they couldn’t understand. I started to wonder… why is it so hard to grasp?!
When people think of feminism, they usually have the impression that it is about overpowering men, unruly body hair, bra burning and chaining ourselves to lamp posts. OK, that might be what it was at one point in time… but, like anything, feminism has changed. It’s progressed.
Now that women have the right to vote and to drive a car and spend money without a husband’s consent (shock horror), there are more pressing matters at hand. Things like equal pay (because as much as men try to debate it, it’s not equal…), being able to walk down the street without being leered or catcalled at (imagine that!) and being able to look and dress the way we want without being labelled a “girly girl”, a “tomboy”, “butch”, “a slut”… I could go on.
So what does feminism mean to me?
Well, right now, it means the simple things. It means being treated like we exist; like people who have the same worth as their male counterparts; like people who deserve to be seen and heard. Like we’re genuine human beings.
Because, well… that’s what we are.
I can’t wait to read The Guilty Feminist – it’s high on my TBR, and as soon as I do I’ll come back here and link to my review. Have a look at the image above to see some of the other wonderful hosts on this tour. I’m looking forward to reading their perspectives on all things feminist!
Over to you. Do you consider yourself a feminism? What does feminism mean to you?