A feminist, according to the Google dictionary, (or whatever that definition thing that pops up after you search a word is), is "a person who supports feminism."
Do I support feminism?
I believe that women are wonderful. We're special and important and unique. In some ways we are just as good as and the same as men, but in other ways...we're better! And to be fair, men are better at some things too, just not the same things. I think the word for that is....
Do I support feminism?
Well, I support all things that are lovely and beautiful. I support flowers and pretty long hair and skirts that swish with every step. I support grace, elegance, and hospitality. I support inner and outer beauty. I believe that motherhood is a beautiful thing, as it brings out one of the loveliest feminine traits we women have: empathy.
Femininity ought to be celebrated, not suppressed.Some people would rather women didn't show their feminine side, however. They demand to be treated equally in all parts of life; the workforce, the army, and the household are a few examples. I understand that some women don't desire "traditional" female roles. Some women feel much more comfortable in pants every day, and would much prefer a professional career instead of motherhood. I am happy that they (myself included) have that choice today. But something odd has happened in the world of gender: in the past decades, women have been so eager to attain equality with men that they forgot about what made them special and unique from men. And although some important improvements have been made, society has now run to the idea that women who enjoy being feminine and who pursue a feminine lifestyle are odd, wrong, and downright crazy.
Some women want to be just that...women. As a feminist, I ask you to stop making them feel like they are doing wrong for enjoying the feminine things in life, or for following a feminine lifestyle. The best thing the feminist movement can do for women is to protect their freedom to decide how to live, not to coerce them to be more like men.
Women are different from men in many wonderful ways. Feminine traits, styles, and personalities are to be cherished. I want to celebrate this, and protect it.
And that's why I'm a feminist.