The other day, someone asked me if I was a feminist. And I gotta say, it took me by surprise.
Not because I didn’t know how to answer, but because I didn’t fully understand the relevance of the question. Then it hit me. The way this person was perceiving feminists wasn’t all that positive and that’s why they were asking. They wanted to know if I identified with a movement they didn’t quite understand.
How do you define a feminist? I think that’s the more relevant question here.
We need to start redefining the feminist in a way that’s more inclusive and more loving, because not only is that more positive, it’s how we’ll get more people on board.
A lot of people define feminists as women who advocate for their economical, political and societal equality with men.
I define a feminist as a person, male and/or female, who stands for the equality of women and ultimately for the consciousness rising of humanity. Feminists are people who embrace the harmony that’s found when there’s a balance between females and males, and between the masculine and feminine energies that are within each and every one of us.
And feminism is the empowerment of women for the greater good of all; it doesn’t ostracize or diminish men, it warmly includes them.
It’s healthy for us to acknowledge that in their own respect men are victims of this imbalance too and even more importantly, that true transformation comes when we unite together. The collective is always more empowering.
Feminism isn’t a struggle or a battle and it doesn’t have to create a divide; it’s a fundamental shift that needs to take place within each and every one of us. As Malala once said, “we cannot succeed when half of us are held back”.
When women thrive, we all thrive.
Peace, love and redefining the feminist,