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?

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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