Understanding of contemporary feminism issues fundamental

Skye J. Lyon

Waking up Tuesday morning to flavorless $1.50 coffee and mindlessly sifting through Buzzfeed articles in my PHL 434 class, a friend took notice and recommended I watch the video, “Am I A Good Feminist?” The title alone peaked my interest and caused me to jump to various assumptions of what I was about to observe.

I normally do not concern myself with issues such as these; however, I find it somewhat amusing how women – at times – can engulf themselves in anger over male gender roles and feminine stereotypes.

Before an influx of agitated letters head in my direction, I implore you to watch this video. I am solely offering my critique on this clip and the way these specific women depict feminism.

After viewing these ladies comically partake in a back and forth debate on the social issues at hand, I can safely deduce that we consume our minds with trivial doubts and vapid questions over a woman’s place in the world.

The moment we stop over analyzing everything men, other women, the professional and social world may throw at us, we will allow ourselves to embrace our true self. By dwelling on whether or not it is appropriate for a woman to accept a man’s chivalry or if it is okay to utterly despise Beyoncé, we slowly begin to displace our mental freedom and place our opinions in a constant state of hesitation.

We suppress our opinions, in fear that the “politically correct” mass of minds will strike us down.

In many ways, our contemporary social culture has bred us to be overly sensitive. It is the last true chameleonic defense in our modern era that is forced down our throats.

Be strong and unapologetic. Even if that means you tread against the status quo. That alone makes you a prolific woman.

If you choose not to follow the formula of conventional feminism, as depicted in this video, it will not make you a horrible person. As long as the genders are treated with respect, there should be no lingering issue; however, one should not be criticized if their opinions vary to the majority.

You can believe in romantic forms of chivalry and still be an empowered woman.

You can listen to Chris Brown, sing along to Robin Thicke’s, “Blurred Lines” and admire your sexualized beauty.

As long as you abide by your own convictions and humbly acknowledge differing perspectives, you are one step closer to separating yourself from the multitude of “sheep-like” followers.

The opinions expressed in Lyon’s column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Barometer staff.

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