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Is Being a Feminist Too Old School?

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Recently I had a conversation with my college friends about a mutual friend who represented herself as a feminist. She got in a fight with a professor at her university because he was being extremely sexist in his lectures, always diminishing women through history. She got sick of it one day and stood up to defend them as a true feminist she was. Of course, she got kicked out of the lecture and suspended for a week. I opened my mouth to say something, to say how proud I was of this girl and that I would have done exactly the same thing, and I almost said it. But then, one of my friends started laughing, saying that was the dumbest thing he'd heard all day and, "Who the hell is a feminist these days? That's so '50s" or something.

I caught myself biting my lip and thinking that maybe I was wrong for thinking of myself as a feminist. I thought maybe they were right. I stayed quiet and listened while all my girlfriends agreed with this guy, and I just couldn't believe my ears. These women all agreed that they are worth less than the guy who got a girl suspended because she expressed her opinion.

I don't want to live in a world where I have to bite my lip and keep quiet just because a guy says a girl is a nutcase just because she expressed her opinion. I don't want to be scared to share my own feelings with the world. I want to be able to say whatever I want, whenever I want. I am a feminist. I've always been and always will be a feminist. I think what most people don't understand that being a feminist doesn't mean that we want to take your jobs or that we think women are better than men. We simply want the same chances and opportunities. I want to be able to compete with you and get your job, but only if I am better at doing it than you. I want to get my hands dirty. I want to work, study, sweat, scream, cry and fight. I want to acknowledge all the women scientists, warriors and workers through history and not get thrown out of a class or suspended. I want to be able to say I represent all the women and not get weird looks on the street. I want you to see your equal in me and not just an unprotected woman that is only made for you to brag to your friends what a sweet babe you have back home.

I deserve everything, and you deserve it, too but only if you're not a d**khead.
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