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TheGirlsLikeMe🌴⚡ @DoreenGLM
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Did you feminism originate from reading feminist theory?
Mine did from personal observations growing up, promises I made to myself under my breath as I watched women around me scramble to cater to men, who were inconsiderate of their needs.
When I saw the idea of what a woman
Meant to the society I was raised in, and knew every part of me rejected what everyone promised was my inevitable future.
When I realized just how unfair it was for women with different passions, ideas and temperaments to constantly be expected to suppress themselves to paint
A picture of femininity not natural to us.
When every attempt I made to rise above my suppression, put me in categories of rude, stubborn, a troublemaker, rather than assertive, self assured and a leader.
I was so much like my father, we both had the same behavior, yet
What was so admired and applauded in him, was so criticized and demonized in me, but i was too smart and too stubborn to hate those qualities in myself, to change them, because I knew early that being a girl, was the reason why it was. And also that pushing to get my voice heard,
Got my way, at a cost, yes, but ultimately I wouldn't be fucked with, and I could leave my life in my own way.
Everything about my experiences and my observations is why I am who I am today, and I don't believe that there is one way to identify with feminism.
This is simply mine
Calls for your feminism to be mandatorily linked to consumption of feminist text is a reach.
There are women currently around the world, & throughout history, whose actions, thoughts & questions were feminist in nature, but who never encountered/have yet to encounter the word.
So let's not create rules and guidelines, there is no initation process to follow. We are all different and come to conclusions of what we gravitate to, and identify with, based on a multitude of disparate lived experiences.
And one thing will be certain as a result, that we
Will disagree with one another from time to time, and it is okay.
This is a lifelong process of learning and unlearning and readjusting our stances, based on exposure to new information, through personal observations/experiences, conversations, research, social media,
Feminist theories, documentaries, movies, music etc.

Let's keep moving forward.
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