Feminism. Probably not the first F word that popped into your head when you first read the title, but just as controversial as the one you did (probably, unless you thought of fries, in which case I like where your priorities lie.)
Feminism is surely a hot topic these days, yknow with the rise in social media and what not. It’s cool to like it, but it’s suuuper edgy to hate on it.
I’m not writing this to educate you on what it is, or to try and persuade you into being a Feminist (though like, c’mon man, geez.) but simply to state that I strongly identify as one.
Feminism, to me, is far beyond ‘equality of the sexes’. Feminism is a lens through which we can understand and deconstruct the world around us, and the institutionalized power structures that operate in it and make us lead the lives we lead, and face the challenges we face. Feminism is an ideology that aims to, well, smash the patriarchy. No, it’s not about hating men, but rather about critiquing the social structure we live in, debunking the gender binary and of course, heteronormativity.
When I first read about it in 11th grade, it rocked me to my very core, and ever since I haven’t been able to look at the world the same. The construction of gender in society impacts our lives in the subtlest and harshest of ways, it confines people of every gender and stifles their potential. Hence, Feminism is important and that is why I am a feminist.
So, I was over the moon when Kira Issar (IG:Kiraissar), a rad artist sent over a bunch of feminist stickers designed by her. I mean who doesn’t love accessorizing with stickers right? And if you’re going to do it, you might as well make them mean something, make them represent something you stand for.
They have really cute slogans, my favorite being “Eye rolls for gender rolls” (am i ritee?)
I chose two different looks for these because, there’s this stereotype going around about what feminists are and what they look like, and well it’s all a load of bull.
There’s no one way of being a Feminist. As long as you call the patriarchy out on it’s hogwash, join the club!
So go ahead, liberate yourself! Be more accepting of everyone around you and what they choose to do with their gender identity, body, or life. After all, this ain’t American Idol and you’re not Simon Cowell. So quit judging.
A huge shoutout to Kadambari for sending these badass stickers over, I can’t wait to plaster them all over everything I own.
That’s all for now, folks.
White Dress – H&M
Fuzzy Slippers and Black Boots – Forever21
Nose pin- Quirksmith
Flannel – Sarojini Nagar
Photography – Thejaswini Chandran