Tavi Gevinson: “Feminism is not a rulebook but a discussion”

Tavi Gevinson is a teen fashion and style blogger , self-proclaimed feminist, and magazine Editor-in-Chief extraordinaire. Back when Chloe profiled her for the Feministing Five, it was already evident that she was going to take the world by storm, and that feminism was influencing her increasingly impressive portfolio of projects.

I wanted to share her latest, a video from TedXTeen in which she talks about her own inspiration for starting Rookie Magazine (to which I’ve been honored to contribute pieces!). In her words:

I wanted to start a website for teenaged girls that was not kind of this one-dimensional strong character empowerment thing, because one thing that can be very alienating about a misconception of feminism in that girls then think that to be feminists they have to live up to being perfectly consistent in their beliefs, never being insecure, never having doubts, having all the answers. . . and this is not true and actually recognizing all the contradictions I was feeling became easier once I realized that feminism was not a rulebook but a discussion, a conversation, a process.

Smart, no? Check out the whole thing in the video below.

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  1. Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Great observation!

  2. Posted April 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I really like that she said feminism is a process. I agree 100% with this because it is something that you have to adjust to and learn about. Also I think it is awesome what she is doing because it spreads awareness in a nonconventional way. It shows that all types of women are feminists and you don’t have to live up to every one of their expectations to consider yourself a feminist.

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