I’m A Feminist BLANK

I’ve been meeting feminists in some strange places lately.

At my family get together. At the underground hip hop show. In the grocery store around the corner from my house. At the local watering hole. At the farmer’s market while perusing for a ripe tomato. On OKCupid!

In short, I’m realizing more and more that feminists are…well…everywhere. And while many of today’s leading feminist voices are exploring important questions about the use of the feminist label in the midst of bizarre efforts at faking it by Sarah Palin and the like, I wonder if there is value in using the term to convey more than a political identity or to throw out a current buzzword, but also in a way that conveys the ubiquity and strength of our modern feminist movement.

Because it is a movement, and it’s growing every day. Maybe there would be a bit less confusion and taboo around the term if we all claimed the feminist label in corroboration with the other identities we occupy and hats we wear on a regular basis.

As in, I’m a feminist blogger. I’m a feminist daughter, friend, and granddaughter. I’m a feminist communications professional, a feminist media consumer, a feminist shopper, a feminist voter, and a feminist snowboarder. I’m also a feminist eater, donator, and dater. I try to bring my feminism with me wherever I go, and to whatever I do.

So what’s your feminist BLANK? Are you a feminist bookkeeper? Feminist medical professional? Feminist truck driver? Feminist soccer player? How do you bring your set of feminist values to the different identities you occupy?

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35 Comments

  1. Posted November 10, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I’m a feminist fiancé. Or at least I try to be.

  2. Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I am a feminist engineer!

    • Posted November 11, 2010 at 2:49 am | Permalink

      Me Too!!!! ;)

      • Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

        Me three. It’s a tough line to walk – standing up for values but still managing to keep good working relationships with coworkers.

  3. Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    This is a really interesting question to me because I’ve thought about how feminism informs some of my identities (feminist husband, feminist citizen, feminist son, feminist utilitarian, feminist atheist, feminist gamer) but not really at all to some of my other identities (feminist software developer, feminist vegetarian) and I’m not really sure how those interact with feminism. Thanks for the thought provoker.

  4. Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I try to be a feminist computer scientist.

  5. Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist writer. It can be hard, though, because we live in an unfeminist world and to make characters realistic, sometimes that means they have to inherit some of the not-very-feminist attitudes people have, and it can be a struggle to balance the two. I try to focus on keeping my female characters strong and individual, rather than archetypes. And making sure that none of them have the main goal of just getting a man. And I at least try to point out how messed up the sexism is and have the women be aware of their world and their attitudes and where those attitudes come from. I try to make what I write a genuine expression of life of women and girls in an unfeminist world.

    Excellent post – it really makes you think!

  6. Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist artist!

  7. Posted November 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist painter, cartoonist, singer and wife.

  8. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist chemist. And a feminist guy. And a feminist gamer. And something of a feminist hermit and misanthrope. Yeah, I get the contradiction in that last bit. I like people generally more than I like I like most people specifically.

  9. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I find my faith and feminism are entirely compatible. So I am a Feminist Quaker.

  10. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist brother, son, and farmer.

  11. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist soldier!

  12. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I think calling myself a feminist is good enough but I see your point. In that case I am a feminist activist, student, and fan girl. I’m also a feminist consumer, feminist daughter, voters and reader.

  13. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist fangirl, and shipper.

  14. Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist friend, son, lover, and student.

  15. K
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist comic book artist. Hey to all my other feminist artist peeps up there!

    I try to create interesting male, female and anywhere inbetween characters that have goals and jobs and worries. I’m actually crafting my first gender queer character, and I’m excited to tell their story. <3

  16. Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    I am a feminist mathematician and a feminist atheist!

  17. Posted November 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I am a feminist MOTHER! Not a mama grizzly, thankyouverymuch.

  18. Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist Catholic.

    Yeah, I know it’s weird…

  19. Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I am a Feminist Police Officer :)

  20. Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    FeministyMAMA!
    Feminist Thinker, Feminist Writer, Feminist Baker, Feminist Foodie, Feminist Chick-Flick lover/hater, Feminist Labor Unionist. Angry Feminist.

  21. Posted November 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist social worker

  22. Posted November 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist medical student (and future abortion provider)

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      Hurray for future feminist abortion providers!!!!!

      I am a Feminist VEGETARIAN, a Feminist Blogger/writer, Feminist Artist, budding Feminist Social Activist… A feminist lover, sex educator and sexual rights and freedoms advocate. Oh, can I be a feminist yogi too?

  23. Posted November 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, (unpublished) writer, and future (hopefully!) psychologist.

  24. Posted November 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist Nurse!!!

  25. vexing
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Feminist Trans Woman.

  26. Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I am a…
    Feminist public health student (and soon to be professional)
    Feminist yogini (and soon to be yoga instructor)
    Feminist daughter
    Feminist lover
    Feminist friend

  27. Posted November 11, 2010 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I’m a feminist LAW STUDENT

    and unfortunately one of the few. I have been in MULTIPLE classes of (say 110 people) and the family law professor ask who here identifies themselves as a feminist and 5…6 people maybe raise their hand. Ridiculous.

    Second in a smaller class of 22 people in a class ENTITLED “Sexual Violence” when the professor asked….maybe half the people raised their hands at that. And (favorite class of the semester) she asked every person WHY they didn’t. Then explained obviously feminism is……… and told them they are basically feminists even if they refuse for ridiculous reasons not to identify them as such.

  28. Posted November 11, 2010 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    I’m a feminist fellatrix

  29. Posted November 11, 2010 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I love these posts because they remind me just how varied, diverse, and beautiful our movement is. And it reminds me that there are as many different ways to be a feminist as there are feminists. We all have our own way of living our truth. Do it, ladies! Hell yeah.

    I’m a feminist seamstress and costume designer, feminist political junkie, feminist daughter and aunt, and future feminist nurse and midwife!

  30. Posted November 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Who embraces the label and proudly displays it.

  31. Posted November 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m a feminist writer/memoirist. I’m a feminist girlfriend/partner. I’m a feminist student. Add also: blogger, friend, daughter, adoptee, reader, personal assistant (to a feminist writer!), etc.

    And props to Daedra, the future abortion provider! That’s incredible! The world needs more of you!

  32. Posted November 13, 2010 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    I’m a feminist secretary!

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