For the past 22 days, I wore a pin-back button that says "Ask me about my feminist agenda" and I must say that it spiced up my daily conversations with people. I got the audience that I wanted and I was able to inform more people about feminism. Most of the questions I got were from men and their feedback was that they never thought feminism could be simple and more involving. Besides wearing this button, throughout last week, I decided to open the doors for men to walk through. I was happy because I got some hilarious reactions which I expected. This action forced me to be conscious of the opposite gender's presence daily and in a very simple way. Wearing this button and opening the doors for men gave me more than enjoyable and eye-opening experiences. The sum of these events made me brave and confident in a way that I never thought I could be.
MY FEMINIST AGENDA
My agenda for feminism is that it becomes human-friendly. I want it to be a movement that creates humor out of our shortcomings to fix gender problems. I say this as an invitation to men out there to let them know that this word that they are afraid of is composed of imperfect beings like them who strive for the best with the little actions they display. We are feminist but we are still women and human beings who like lip gloss, gowns and color pink. We love to be loved, to be treated like princesses, to have the doors opened for us and to be human. We also like to be in charge, to own our bodies and to be in positions standing beside not behind men.
I crave for a movement that will not tolerate any injustices against females but will benefit males in the long run. I want a movement that educates and inspires men about what women want. A movement that motivates women to want something for themselves. A movement enticing for men to participate in. A reason for women and men to change their mentalities and actions towards gender issues. A society that encourages men as much as it exalts women for defending female rights. I want a legacy whereby the children unborn will be liberated and not have to fight these battles that should not have existed in the first place. I want a movement of feminists who are role models for men to imitate. I dearly wish for a confident space where it is okay to “run like a girl” because whosoever thinks that is a bad thing should keep up.
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