Thursday, January 9, 2014

Who Needs Feminism? is a Tumblr started by 16 college students at the (male-dominated) Duke University

Who Needs Feminism? is a Tumblr started by 16 college students at the (male-dominated) Duke University. They bravely started the blog, where anyone can submit photos with declarations of why they need feminism, in order to convince their fellow students that feminism is still very real and very necessary for equal treatment of women and men in society.
Here is an excerpt from their awesome mission statement:
Identify yourself as a feminist today and many people will immediately assume you are man-hating, bra-burning, whiny liberal. Perhaps a certain charming radio talk show host will label you as a “Feminazi” or “slut.” Even among more moderate crowds, feminism is still seen as too radical, too uncomfortable, or simply unnecessary. Feminism is both misunderstood and denigrated regularly right here on Duke’s campus. We, the 16 women of Professor Rachel Seidman’s course on Women in the Public Sphere, have decided to fight back against these popular misconceptions surrounding the feminist movement.”
I love this Tumblr and it’s amazing to see young women who really understand that feminism isn’t about walking around pissed at dudes all day. It’s about acknowledging the common struggles women and men are subjected to because “society” thinks girls must be one way and boys another. It’s about recognizing the shame we senselessly feel for wanting to be “thinner” because girls are supposed to be or for being a boy who likes to cry because crying is a girl thing. That’s why I need feminism.

(link where y can submit your own photo)

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