I think we can all agree that no person ever wants to be limited by the titles and limitations that someone labels them as, I surely do not. Feminism speaks to this idea straight on. Feminism isn’t about supporting women to make them stronger, women are already plenty strong, it’s about changing the way that the world perceives that strength. Take Beyoncé for example, she isn't just a mega music mogul, or a wife to a billionaire talent, or a mother, or even a feminist. No, she is all of those things at the same time, because she claimed them. She asked no ones permission to stand so fierce and tall in her artistic expressions, nor did she ruminate over doing motherhood in conjunction to mega stardom, she just did it. Just like any man would, unapologetically.
While Beyonce is the epitome of a feminist, she also explained that she doesn't want that becoming the solitary social issue she's known for championing, or the only attribute other than her talent and fame that people hang onto. Her reason for bringing her feminism into the spotlight was for the greater good, in order to demystify and normalize the word and the concept behind it. I mean what a Queen ! Her conviction and commitment isn’t secondary to her fame either. She made a choice, and a very brave and intentional one. Because of her, we all stand taller in solidarity.
Let’s breakdown the meaning of feminism because it’s really quite simple. It's someone who believes in equal rights for men and women, period. Equal pay, equal opportunities, equal boundaries. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive, just like both men and women should feel free to be strong. Any negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex is clearly rooted in a deep misunderstanding. When we talk about equal rights, there are issues that face women disproportionately. Sadly, this is a fact of our current world. Working to make those inequalities seen and dispelled, is the essence of feminism. The more I give it deep thought, it’s actually about humanism, because what thoughtful person, parent, husband, daughter, etc would ever not want equality for their loved ones? Wanting and fighting for equality across genders to be normal and universally accepted, should go without saying or even thinking. As a mother, creative person, wife and woman, these issues are at the forefront of our decency. I feel a burning urge to stand tall for myself, my children and all others who deserve to feel safe and free in every moment of their lives.