Because I’ve been writing this blog for about a year now, I’ve seen many different opinions about feminism and being proud to be a woman. A popular one that I see on the internet is the thought that feminism is no longer needed. Many people that feel this way are women.
The internalized misogyny in every woman is something we need to work towards changing. The first step to spreading feminist ideals is to end misogynistic ideals in women. Because to spread love, you first have to learn to love yourself. And I’m not saying any of that is easy. I’m just saying it needs to happen.
Everything in the US, and many other countries, is influenced by misogyny and/or feminism in some way. While misogyny is a bad concept, is spreads like wildfire when it is fed. The end to misogyny starts with teaching young people that every life is valued, and should be valued equally.
In women, misogyny shows itself in ways we wouldn’t necessarily recognize. For example, some of my family still thinks I’m going to be marrying a man, when I’ve come out to them countless times. This form of misogyny can creep up on you because it’s not necessarily always considered misogyny. It’s misogyny because they refuse to recognize that I [hopefully] will be marrying a nice girl, and that doesn’t fit into their standards of what a young woman does. This also just makes me doubt myself, and doubt my love for someone. It affects everyone differently, but there’s a little bit in all of us. And we need to fix it. So let’s start that together.
What’s something that you’ve noticed some women saying that could be internalized misogyny?