To Saloni, feminism is not about empowerment, because women are already powerful. Rather, it is about changing how people perceive that power, including women themselves.
“I believe you can speak your reality into existence,” Erika had smiled at me as we walked to my apartment, sunlight beaming over the flowers in her hair. The California wildfires had upset her throat that morning, so she had worn a crown of sunflowers to make herself feel better — it also made her radiant.
“Although change is slow, it’s also inevitable.”
As a Filipina woman of color who is passionate about mental wellness, body positivity, and support for survivors, Corales sees her feminism as a huge part of her life’s purpose and of practicing self-love.
UCLA-based Instagrammer @angryasianfeminist embraces her Asian identity and empowers those experiencing discrimination and stereotyping through initiating discourse on social media, a growing platform for global activism. She discusses strategies to deal with ignorant counter activism.
“There’s such a whorephobia in the world. If you’re a prostitute, people don’t care what happens to you. Who’s going to cry for you?” she asks, plaintively. “It’s work, it’s real work.”
“To me, feminism means the advocacy for women’s rights and the beautiful appreciation of all individuals as human!”
Young women are the future, and to provide them with the information and skills needed to continue this movement is critical.
“People are people and how they chose to define themselves is what they chose. No one has the right to define another person for them.”
Alex believes it’s also important for men in the feminist movement to acknowledge their male privilege and the ways their positionality influences their experiences with gender inequality.