Young Feminists Speak Out
You know that pesky myth that younger women don’t identify with the “F word?” Today the blog Fair and Feminist is hosting a blogger carnival called ‘This is What a Young Feminist Looks Like’ in response. There are over 37 submissions from women explaining why they identify as feminist, how they do their work, and how they see the future of the movement.
Why this mass showing of young feminist pride? Every couple of months, another well-known movement leader announces to a major publication that young women just don’t get feminism. To those of us who do our work in the movement and proudly use the term, it’s painful and offensive and doesn’t at all jibe with our lived experience. We know that some young women don’t identify with the word or the movement, some for very valid political reasons and some not, but disappearing or slurring young women just doesn’t seem like the best way to go about recruiting them. We’d rather showcase all the amazing work young activists are doing across the country and the internet and facilitate a conversation about how feminists of all ages can work together more harmoniously.
Today’s posts are a resounding response to anyone who says young women don’t care about women’s rights. They are a display of the diverse opinions, work, and people who fall under the heading “young feminist.” Most of all, this carnival is an attempt to put this particularly harmful and reductive intergenerational squabble to rest once and for all so we can move on to doing, together, the one thing we can all agree is more important: organizing for political, social, and economic justice for all people.
Shelby Knox is an itinerant feminist organizer and writer working on a book about the Forth Wave of feminism. She blogs at The Ms. Education of Shelby Knox.
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by Shelby Knox