If you know me, you know all about my love for Shirley Manson of Garbage. I love how the two of us are from two different generations yet we’re on the same level about so many things, especially about morals and the true meaning of empowerment.
I’ll probably lose a lot of followers because of this, but that’s fine.
Feminism has been thrown in our faces a lot lately, especially from the media. If you read around the internet, you’ll find loads of misinformation that not only gives the term a bad rep but also a ton of odd stereotypes by the people who take it way too far. Not shaving your armpits or walking around topless does not make you equal to men…but hey, I’m always the unpopular opinion so what do I know?
Lately, women, especially in the spotlight, have been confusing feminism with hypersexualization. With a mentality of if a man can show himself having sex on TV, why can’t we? Or a man can brag about his sexual encounters so why can’t we? But just because you CAN doesn’t mean you should. Exploiting yourself for the world to see is not helping the cause – it’s only hurting you and the millions of little girls who may look up to you. Set an example.
If you’ve been keeping up with pop culture, you’ll notice that 90% of female celebrities, mostly in music, have a booty thing going on. Apparently this empowers young women, or at least they say it does. Do they not even realize that they are giving those ignorant men exactly what they want? This behavior, despite how much misogyny has been in the news lately, leads to more idiot men thinking that all women act the same way and that we are sex objects. Sure it may be just “a show” for entertainment purposes but the wrong people are watching and getting a false message, especially very young, impressionable minds.
A strong, empowered, women uses her strengths to create and inspire others with positive messages. An empowered woman takes no shit from sexist creeps and saves those sacred parts of herself for someone she truly loves. She realizes that not all men are the same and that by treating everyone equally, we have a better chance of living in harmony with one another. She also realizes that showing off various parts of her body is not empowerment, but fighting back against unfair comments and judgements is. As for equal pay, I’m not sure WHY that is still an issue but sadly it is. It all just seems so archaic to me.
Always remember that you are beautiful and strong, no matter what you do or don’t do.
Ok I’m done now. Bye.