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!
* 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
* Pretty for an Aboriginal by Buzzfeed Australia
* The Debrief Podcast
What has made you a better feminist?