Nowadays, it seems that declaring oneself to be a feminist is a form of coming out of the closet. Celebrities, such as Beyonce or Katy Perry are occasionally questioned to whether they fall into the feminist list.
Upon admitting said feminism, it seems necessary to clarify what type, telling the world “I’m not a bra-burner, I don’t hate men, I still shave my pits, please forgive me!” Forget the stereotypes and pay attention to the powerful women who make change happen- and sometimes end up making millions.
Beyonce questioned “Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything?” Well, no, you do not have to label yourself. Going back to the stereotypes we pretend to ignore, you do not have to be a women to be a feminist. Today’s modern form of feminism tends to cite the idea of equal rights. If you believe in equal rights regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, and the like- then you are a feminist. I don’t care if you have a penis.
Having legal equal rights does not mean that people must continuously defy gender norms and choose according to what will be perceived as feministic. We are also not living in a fake Ayn Rand society where complete equality is forced upon us. The importance is that we have the equal rights to choose how we live our lives.
Once, I was asked by a guy I liked if I was a feminist. It seemed almost accusatory. I was afraid to answer, wondering if he would still be attracted to me. Another time, I was told that I am not a feminist due to how they perceived my actions. This is my feminism, not yours. Join the fight or shut up.