The truth is, feminism isn’t “sexy” — which is perhaps why Elle held an entire contest to help “re-brand” the movement to wipe away its negative connotations. But true feminism, almost by definition, is not popular. It’s a movement that demands that those of the ruling party (i.e., men) and those who have accepted promoted, or otherwise unintentionally perpetuated a patriarchal system (i.e., almost all of us) challenge the structural conditions that have led to centuries of sexism and gender inequality. Feminism isn’t “sexy” — its difficult, it’s challenging and it’s wildly contradictory to claim it’s a movement led by pop culture queens, celebrities and millionaires.
“In college, when I learned about the term “Model Minority” and how it wasn’t fair to stereotype all Asian Americans, I felt guilty. I realized, “Crap! I AM the source of that stereotype, you competitive, ambitious, technology-knowing, straight-A getting, hard math-solving, rice-eating, boba-drinking, root of all de-humanizing racial judgment evil!””—Jenny Yang (via maikukhanh)
“If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us; for no age is so apt as youth to think its emotions, partings, and resolves are the last of their kind. Each crisis seems final, simply because it is new.”—George Eliot, Middlemarch. (via ablogwithaview)