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.