Without the knowledge and ideas of feminism, both men and women would lack the language to describe the sexism that persists in everyday life. The question is, have we achieved this liberation in a political, social, and cultural setting?
Who decided that the nipple was something so atrociously taboo that women are forbidden to bear their torso? God forbid a woman goes topless; the earth will shatter into oblivion, fires will erupt from the earth, earthquakes will engulf our cities, and society as we know it will crumble. I don’t think so.
Women of all generations are reclaiming the evolved trade of taking nudes, seizing the opportunity to be proud of their own body and preach, “I love my figure.”
Feminism is not a prescription, because your humanity is not a disease.
The term “feminism” communicates a relationship to gender, while “humanism” can – and does – refer to any number of things relating to the human condition.
We are the generation that pays almost triple for college. In 1973 a private four year college could cost about $10,783. In 2013 the average was $30,094. National student loan debt is at an all-time high at more than $1 trillion.
“My third grade teacher called my mother and said, ‘Ms. Cox, your son is going to end up in New Orleans in a dress if we don’t get him into therapy.’ And wouldn’t you know, just last week I spoke at Tulane University, and I wore a LOVELY green and black dress.”
By its very definition an apology is an admission of guilt and a request for forgiveness. Too many of us think our very speech is an act of treason. To apologize before speaking morphs our voices into an act of wrongdoing, and we are neither wrong nor guilty of any offense.
Words with such a derogatory history are still hurtful and offensive today. The individual doesn’t get to decide what is offensive, especially if they are not part of the group that is being insulted.
As copies of Kurt Cobain’s suicide letter pass through the generations, many tend to feel a sympathetic pull to the black and white words, inked in the lyrical pain and flowing empathy so characteristic of Cobain’s writing. A lesser known side of him, however, is that he thought of himself as a feminist.