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Turning anger into action

‘Feminists  just want to be offended.’  How many times have you heard that, or some variation of it? I know I’ve heard it a lot when someone brings up the polarizing issue of sexism pertaining to something. I’ve heard it in social interactions, overheard discussions, and of course, on the internet. This type of comment is without a doubt a silencing tactic, but it also really irks me because it points out an obvious ignorance of feminism and feminists on the part of whoever may be saying it. To me, it’s an indicator that you never take feminism seriously enough to have a real conversation with a feminist, and actually listen to what they have to say.

A little perspective would be nice. I’ve always considered myself a feminist, but it was only when I really got into reading and learning about feminism three years ago that I had my true awakening. To be clear, I love feminism, and I think it has done many great things throughout its history and in my personal life. But, as many other feminists could attest, becoming a feminist usually involves becoming angry with what you see happening in the world.

It’s not about wanting to be offended, trust me, I wish it wasn’t so difficult for me to watch or read something I enjoy and then have something offensive thrown out by an author or an actor. I hate when I watch a comedy and see jokes relying ...

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