Growing into a better feminist

I am a huge feminist, and for my entire life, I have been a strong believer in the social, political and economic equality of everyone on the gender spectrum. However, I do think the best part of feminism is that it is a growing and evolving perspective. I think that it is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of the world.

I believe that I am only in the learning stage of feminism,  and it is so much more for me to learn and grow, but I am gaining a lot in my life through my continued exploration. I think it has made me a more compassionate person in my relationships, and surer of my place in the world. I also think that in some small way, it has given me the courage to stand up for myself and to take up space in an assertive way.

I think that growing into a better feminism means that you’re constantly challenging your own biases, and checking your own privilege, ideally using it to help others. I recognize that I am extremely privileged in many ways, so as a privileged person, I think it is my main job as a feminist to learn as much as I can and to listen to differing perspectives to educate myself. I believe that your social justice should be founded on love for others, not the desire to be the most enlightened, and feminism has helped me to find that.

I am still learning, but here are some fantastic resources that have helped me to grow into a better feminist because I believe that the best feminism is an inclusive feminism.

If you have any suggestions for me please let me know in the comments!

 Books:
* Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
* Hunger by Roxanne Gay
* Why I am no longer talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo Lodge
* The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love- by bell hooks
* My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
* Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
* The Argonaughts by Maggie Nelson
* Men explain things to me and other essays by Rebecca Solnit
* The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
* I am Malala: The story of the Girl who stood up for Education and was shoot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
* Fight like Girl by Clementine Ford
* All the rebel women: The rise of the Fourth Wave of Feminism by Kira Cochrane
* The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Podcasts:
* Pretty for an Aboriginal by Buzzfeed Australia
* The Debrief Podcast

What has made you a better feminist?

22 thoughts on “Growing into a better feminist

  1. I’m a masculinist in much the same way you’re a feminist. I use it to further equality and the best for everyone around. Maybe that’s an equalist? …or maybe it’s just a person looking out for the best for all.

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  2. Hey there!

    My heartfelt thanks to you for following my blog, and for all the likes & comments!And hope we continue to grow and support each other in this journey!

    Also, my blog A Wayward Scribbles reached the milestone of 500+ followers last month and I thought why not celebrate it!

    So, I’m very excited to personally invite you to my blog party(23 May, 2018), since you’re one of those amazing blogger who chose to follow my blog and I would love to show my gratitude!

    See you at the party!
    Nathi

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      1. Thank you for your kind words of appreciation! Also, there are many bloggers who ask me this question, so no worries. I’ll be publishing a post on 23rd titled blog party, just drop by and have fun – share links to your posts, meet other bloggers and make new friends!

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  3. Reading and listening to other feminists. Constantly checking my biases and acknowledging my privilege. Unlearning internalused misogyny and not caring too much about coming off as a “nice feminist.”

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  4. What has made me a better feminist? Life, hindsight, listening, reading, bringing up a girl, making compromises, being angry, being open, LOVING the fourth wave and listening to The Guilty Feminist podcast.

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    1. Beautifully put! I think feminism is a growth process, and I think you’re absolutely right. I am a trying to learn how to be more open and vulnerable, but its a difficult process. I am also a big fan of the guilty feminist podcast ❤

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