Can you be a feminist without knowing what a feminist is? This is one question that I have been asking myself over the past few days. On one hand it seems so incredibly obvious that the answer is yes, people can have a belief without actually knowing what humans have decided to classify it as, and that thought made me think that, case closed, I was a feminist before I actually knew what the terminology was.
But, on the other hand, I have learned so much over the past year about many people’s ideas and beliefs about what feminism is, and what it means to them, that the thought of saying that people can be something without discovering what it truly means to them seems most untrue. Until this year, I didn’t really express my thoughts as much as I do now. I acknowledge them a lot more than I did before.
For some reason, giving something a name seems to clarify a lot of things for me, and most people alike. It is kind of like looking at one tiny part of a picture, trying to figure out what it means, and then one day looking up at the rest of the picture, and then it all makes sense.
Knowing that there are in fact people that think the same way as me was really important to me, not because I am afraid of being different, but because you have like minded people you can talk to, and you aren’t trying to make the whole world see things the way you do.
I haven’t been debating this in my head enough to come to a conclusion, so I’ll let you know when I’m done to the final round. In the mean time, thoughts? I would love to know what others think about the subject.
It has been something that I have learned a lot more about since I started high school. At first I thought, okay, I’ll just sit though it, learn a bit, no harm no foul, but recently I have discovered that value of learning about the past.
The thing that a lot of people over look about learning about history is that it has very little to do with the past and a lot more to do with the present, than anything else. You learn why things are the way they are, how we as humans developed, how ideas developed, how religions developed, it helps you understand and form opinions about things.
I have also found it beneficial because I finally understand a lot more about what people talk about, when they refer to certain events in history. Learning about history makes me feel smart, and well rounded. Plus, it is really really interesting.
In English we are learning how to debate. Bit boring for me, really, since I pretty much know all the stuff our teacher is telling in class. But it became a whole lot more exciting when I heard that we have to prepare an argument and present it in front of the class. Well, that’s not really the exciting part, the exciting part was when I read though the topics we could debate on.
Abortion. Okay, you might think I am crazy for being excited about arguing about this, but for those of you that know me would understand. I have heaps of opinions, and love love love to share them and love love love to prove people wrong. The statement is ”that women have no right to abortion” I am arguing against this statement, and against someone else. God I love this.
I have done a bit of research on this, (I only got the assignment today) and have some good ideas about what I’m going to say, and how I’m going to rebut certain topics, but would really appreciate anyone who would like to help me. Whether it be a link, advise, or ideas, I would love to hear from you. And I know that there will be a few of my readers that are very passionate about a woman’s right to abort, and that are very knowledgeable about this. And debating. Among other things. So your knowledge will be helpful, and greatly appreciated.