The Oregon Girl asked this question:
Feminism, what does it mean to you? Do you consider yourself a feminist? If not, why not?
… this was my response:
FeminismÂ to me is a philosophy and life approach that sees all people as havingÂ equal standing regardless of category or appearance. I want people ofÂ any gender to have an equal chance to pursue their dreams and loves andÂ life goals. I have been a feministÂ as a female identified queer person and now as a trans identified masculine person. The idea of feminism is constant for me, but the way IÂ embody, promote and support it has changed. It has changed because IÂ am aware of my increasing male privilege and I know that the mechanisms IÂ employed as a feminist who was seen as female will not be received theÂ same way as they were then. For example, as a perceived female person, IÂ learned to step up, speak up, create space for myself. As an
increasingly male perceived person, those same actions would look to beÂ the typical man using his privilege to take space, speak over others, dominate conversations. So now my tactic is turning towardÂ facilitation. I want to make space for others, I want to hold my tongueÂ and allow time and space for others to step up and speak out. I wantÂ to encourage and support others in finding their voice and learning toÂ take space in discussions. My feminism includes acknowledging myÂ privilege and working to change the way I walk in the world so that myÂ privilege does not negatively impact others. So my feminism includesÂ working against classism, racism, sexism, misogyny, ablism andÂ other systems of oppression.
SomeoneÂ could argue that my way of defining feminism is broader than the definition others might use, but I can’t see the point in fightingÂ sexism and misogyny if I’m not also going to fight other forms of oppression.
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