A Feminist – Just in High Heels and a Polka Dotted DressMarina Y Sanchez Freelance Columnist
I made the comment the other day that I was a feminist.
No one believed me. They said feminists don’t wear high heels and a polka dotted dress.
Are you kidding me? So what does a “feminist” wear?
I am sorry, in my book that is incorrect. My foremothers did not get thrown in jail, take persecution for me to claim independence in a bra-less disgusting outfit with hairy arm pits.
People forget what feminism is truly about. They only seem to visualize what it should look like. That was never important.
Feminism refers to movements aimed at establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women. Feminist activists have campaigned for women’s rights—such as in contract, property, and voting—while also promoting women’s rights to bodily integrity and autonomy and reproductive rights. They have opposed domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. In economics, they have advocated for workplace rights, including equal pay and opportunities for careers and to start businesses.
In reality, there was a time when women were regarded just as property. They were supposed to just stay in the kitchen, tend to children, and keep house. They were suppose to be obedient to their husbands; be seen and not heard.
After awhile, women knew they had a voice too. Why couldn’t they voice their opinion in politics? Why couldn’t they vote? Why couldn’t they own property? Why couldn’t a wife be equal to her husband?
Women learned that equality was possible for them, They knew it would be a fight to achieve; but it was possible.
And that’s all it’s even been. Women just wanted to be treated as equals with the same rights as men. It was only fair.
Nowadays, women hold down prominent jobs, hold position in politics, or are doctors, lawyers, and still are wives and mothers, if they choose. We have made it. We are our own people.
We are our own people. That to me is what feminism is about. I know that as a woman, it is possible to achieve anything. I am intelligent enough. I am strong enough. I believe in myself. All of this is attributed to the women that believed that we weren’t just property.
So to me, it’s pointless and so unimportant about I wear. I consider that a personal choice; a choice as a person that I rightfully have.
If I want to wear slippers or high heels, that is irrelevant. That does not define a female. I don’t judge a man wearing a suit or a man wear a jogging suit. That doesn’t make the man.
If I know that, why don’t they?
So I am gonna be all that I can be and rocking it in my high heels and polka-dotted dress.