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Being a Teenage Feminist… |High Street Spy|

8 Nov

Hello readers,

So I have been gone for a hell of a long time, and come back to see that I’ve been the proud owner of this blog for 3 years. Whatttttt. It’s so weird to think that what 13 year old Maisie started many moons ago, is still be continued (give or take) by 16 year old Maisie. So much has changed in that time, and I hope that Maisie will be proud of what this Maisie has achieved.

So, my favourite types of posts are ones that have some substance. Of course I love a tag or a haul, and I will always do them and read them, but posts with substance and voice are what I love more than anything and looking at the stats it appears that they are also popular with my readers. I also love a discussion, which is always my aim when I write posts like this.

Oh’ look. I started my post with a ramble again.

The other day I picked up my favourite magazine in the world, Elle, to see that this was the feminism issue with the beautiful, inspiring Emma Watson on the cover, which excited me a lot. (There was also a free Benefit product, so in my eyes this issue was perfection before I’d even opened it up!) Then I had the idea, for my first post back from my very long departure from the internet, I would share my own views and experiences because I would consider myself a feminist.

Okay, so I’m only 16, with very little experience of the world really. I’ve never had a proper job, I’m still in full time study, and am yet to venture into the ‘real world’, but despite all of that I would very much consider myself a feminist. Maybe as little as 2 years ago I would dispute the fact I was a feminist, if asked I would probably reply no; that would be because I thought feminism was a specific person, which I believed I didn’t fit me. I was into fashion, and wore make-up everyday, I also was very quiet and not at all confident in myself. Of course now I know that feminists are not a specific person with a specific look or personality, but in fact they are people united under the same idea that men and women are in fact equal, even though it common to think that feminism is women claiming they are better than men, which is totally not true.

*Source Google*

I think my love for feminism came from many different places. One of which is Tumblr, which is one of the many loves of my life. I found myself following the blogs of feminist people, and taking time to read text posts, and watch videos that explained feminism, and thinking to myself, ‘that is not right.’ ‘I agree with that.’Another is the news, and Youtube, and just hearing my friends discuss it, and after a while I came to the conclusion that I to, am very much a feminist.

*Source Google*

Being a teenager means that I have come under very little discrimination as a woman, the only one I can really say as an example is how much of a ‘girly girl’ people consider me to be like I have nothing more going on than my winged eyeliner and my love for fashion, I also love to sew which of course is considered a very girly thing to do. I think school is still pressured for pupils, girls take these classes, boys do these subjects, so when I see a boy take walk into textiles class, I applaud their bravery to do what they want to do instead of not taking it because of  the view that ‘sewing is for girls’ and hope they do amazing.

*Source Elle*

I believe that teenagers should really consider feminism, because although we may not believe that we are subject to gender inequality right now, sharing the message of feminism means that when we do get into the ‘real world’, it will be a better place, where we won’t ever have to face the inequality that is very real all over the world that women are facing. We will receive the same pay as our male colleagues for the same work, we can go into the work world, with high aspirations and not be seen as weaker because we are a woman,  we can wear less clothes in summer because we are hot, not because we are trying to sexual ourselves, our sons and daughters can take whatever classes they want, and wear what they want without the fear of ridicule because they don’t fit into a specific group, we will not hear horrific stories about rape, arranged marriage or women putting themselves in danger, just because they want an education or rights. I am a feminist now, because I want other people my age to not view feminism as a person, but as the idea, which is not only a bloomn’ fantastic one, but one that is ultimately the correct one. And if you don’t agree with the the idea that woman should have an equal chance in life, but also that men should not be stereotyped. If you don’t agree with equality, what is wrong with you?

I think over the years feminism is confused with the view that feminists are women that are man hating, I can safely say I am not a man hater! 😉 But also men can be feminists too, and these men, in my opinion are super cool. I was so inspired by the women that were featured within Elle, and one day I hope to inspire other 16 year old teenagers like myself, freaking out about life needing a bit of encouragement. Good job Elle, I’m yet to read all the magazine but it is already my favourite issue ever.

Please let me know your experiences of feminism, and if you are a teenager like me, what your opinions of it all is?

See you soon,

Maisie x

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