My Introduction to Feminist Theory

Fost.b
Posted June 4, 2020 from United States

If you had asked me what feminist theory was a few months ago I wouldn't have really known what to say. Most likely I would have stumbled over my words and given you my most basic definition of feminism. Explaining that it is about ending sexism and providing gender equality. My definition would remain the same today if it wasn't for my colleges GUR requirements. Even though I'm a business major I had to find a class to give me the required credits. I really wasn't interested in any of the language based classes, or anything related to history. So when I stumbled across intro to feminist theory I was interested. As someone who has always considered themselves a feminist, but not really known what that meant, I wanted to learn more. 

At first I was really intimidated by both the subject matter and my fellow students. I didn't want to look arrogant, or come off as offensive in anyway. I was being way to careful about what I was saying for fear of criticism. At that point I would have never come on a public forum like this one and posted. Thankfully, as the course progressed I began to loosen up. As we read and researched iconic feminists and took a deep dive into feminist theory I started to feel a lot more comfortable sharing my views. I learned that feminisms aren't exclusive to any one group. Once I accepted that it became much, much easier to participate in discussions. 

Aside from my new found confidence in vocalizing my views, I also have seen bi changes in my world views. We were assigned a book called "Feminisms Matter", by Victoria L. Bromley, that has really shaped the way that I look at things. Within the book Bromley explains the flaws in our sexist society, the past and present of feminisms, as well as how to use feminisms in your everyday life. In the beginning I thought that I was practicing feminism just by not being sexist. While reading the book I began to challenge that notion. Feminisms aren't something that you have lying dormant in the back of your mind. Once you learn about them you can't stop yourself from applying them to your everyday life. It really showed me that by researching, and learning more about feminist ideology the more I would be able to relate and actually make a difference in my life and the lives around me. 

All of this serves to show the importance of education. If I had not been educated on these topics most of them would have never crossed my mind. Taking this class has made me wonder why this isn't taught to all students at a much younger age. It certanily would have changed the way I acted when I was younger. Education on social issues helps us to understand ourselves as much as it builds empathy. This is especially important in times like this. We need to educate ourselves and those around us as much as possible if we hope to live in a better world. 

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Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Hi Fost.b,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm glad you took your feminist theory class and that you found World Pulse. It sounds like it may have opened up a dormant passion for you? Or, at the very least made you a lot more knowledgeable about the topic. I agree that more classes that open people's minds and build empathy are crucial to the development of a better world. I would've taken this class when I was in school. The closest I could find was Women in Religion which was eye opening enough. What university did you attend? And, will this class, or has this class, changed your career goals, i.e., where you intend to work, where and what you apply for?

I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you and learning more about your goals.

Laetitia Shindano
Jun 09
Jun 09

Chère Fost

Merci pour ce partage ainsi que les références.

A la prochaine.

Laetitia

Hello, Fost.B,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy that a new voice from the US is rising up!

You are such a remarkable woman. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about feminism and how it shapes you to make a difference. I love this, "Once you learn about them you can't stop yourself from applying them to your everyday life. It really showed me that by researching, and learning more about feminist ideology the more I would be able to relate and actually make a difference in my life and the lives around me. "

I look forward to reading more post from you. Please keep on writing. .

Speaking of making a difference, I would like to invite you to become an Encourager on World Pulse. Kindly check this link to see if it interests you: https://www.worldpulse.com/world-pulse-leaders/encouragers

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Anita Shrestha
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing

Chi8629
Jun 19
Jun 19

Welcome to worldpluse .
Thanks so much for sharing .
Please stay out there.

Hawwah
Aug 05
Aug 05

Fost,
I loved reading this, and because I am looking to doing a PhD in feminist ad gender studies, I immediately looked up 'feminist matters' to by and saw it cost £30, lols.
You are right, we need to educate ourselves about these issues in order to successfully dismantle the injustices that have been embedded in our societies.
I shall definitely get that book.
Weldone Girl.

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Aug 08
Aug 08

Hi Fost
Welcome to World Pulse dear.Life is continuous leaning and improving.Its my pleasure to meet you and looking forward to reading more from you
In Sisterhood
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon