It has been almost nine months since I graduated with a bachelors in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Scary! Though I have always considered myself a feminist I haven’t posted much online which is specifically feminist, (mostly because until recently I didn’t post much online anyway). However, today I decided I would share a poem I have written called “I am …”.
My aim for this post is to get you to consider how society has constructed us to see ourselves and women. There are many expectations of what a women should or shouldn’t be and when we go against these ideals we are penalised. Phrases like “that’s not ladylike” and “you’re such a tomboy” do just that.
I would like to point out that this post is about my own experiences as a woman. Therefore while I believe that feminism should include reference to intersectionality, I have only commented on intersections that have effected me personally. I encourage my readers to comment and share their own experiences and how this relates to their intersections.
We are constantly labeled yet these labels rarely fit. Otherwise these labels are considered to be our whole identity when they are really only one part of us.
I am a woman, and I am not ashamed.
I am my gender, because that is what society has determined.
I am my sex because that is what people see.
I am unique even when you try to label me.
I am determined even when you try to stop me.
I am strong, like many other women I know.
I am brave, like a warrior.
I am young but I have experienced life
I am beautiful but that doesn’t give you a right to my body.
I am queer, but I’m still figuring out what that means.
I am vegan since I am against all oppression.
I am privileged since I am white.
I am worthy of my voice so don’t silence me.
I am proud of who I am even when you see me fail.
I am loud or do you just notice when I am not quite.
I am adventurous or are you just standing still.
I am depressed at times, so understand me.
I am strange at times, so laugh with me.
I am all of these things but I am so much more.
I am me and I am not ashamed.
Who are you?
I will be continuing this post through Twitter using the #Iamafeminist, so please get involved or comment below.
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