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 is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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

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