F is for...

Feminism.

In order to understand who I am as a person, one must grasp the concept of feminism. It is not hard to understand, but it is a hard pill to swallow when one thinks of feminism as being a super lesbian organization, bent on shoving homosexuality down society’s throat and drilling the notion that women are better than men. Although I do not disagree with women being better than men, feminism is so much more than the Twitter logic everyone uses to explain why feminism makes no sense to them (keyword here is them). If one took the time to research what feminism actually is they would appreciate the efforts women have been putting in for years to make this country equal, not just between men and women, but with every race, religion, and any other type of minority.

Feminism is not the new trending topic on Facebook, it is not taking professional nudes and posting it with the message being body positive…hell, feminism is not labeling myself as a womanist and then arguing with every male counterpart who thinks it is the mark of death. Feminism is a political, cultural and economic movement, which was established on the basis of equal rights and protection under the law in favor of women. It is a movement that started in the 1970’s and, according to Rebecca Walker, has been through three waves thus far. Feminism has expanded from its initial ideologies and has reinvented itself to care for the needs of the minority, not exclusively women.

I am a feminist, and more specifically I am a womanist. I am proud to call myself a womanist. To be a womanist to me is to be true to myself, to be about and appreciate women and their culture, to sympathize with the needs of women, especially women of color, to understand that we have differences, but our similarities are what construct our bonds and establishes a strong foundation. I am a womanist because I do not and will not ignore the social injustice and prejudice placed on African American women and other minorities. I am a womanist because I make a difference everyday is breaking the stereotypes placed on Black women in society. I am womanist because I am not afraid to speak up and take action against those who are against women like me.

As Alice Walker defines womanist as, “Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior.  Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good” for one.  Interested in grown up doings.  Acting grown up.  Being grown up… Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength…  Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female.  Not a separatist, except periodically, for health.  Traditionally a universalist.”