Type “feminist” into Google Images. Who do you see? My search resulted in a lot of pants-wearing, short-haired, women flexing their muscles or wearing a t-shirt with some feminist slogan on it and looking tough.
What is most striking about this woman? She is not what society would consider “feminine”—she is not gentle, she does not have shiny hair blowing in the breeze, and she is definitely not wearing a sundress.
Why is the representation of feminist so…specific?
It’s fair to say that a lot of women who are attracted to the feminist movement are attracted exactly because they are tired of society’s definition of “feminine.” They aren’t satisfied staying at home with their kids, they would rather be out playing football than cooking the Thanksgiving dinner, and they find men more relatable than many women.
But, what about the women who genuinely enjoy baking? Or like taking that time in the morning to curl their hair? Or would much rather stay at home with their children than work a nine to five? And what about all those women (most of us, I imagine) who fall somewhere in between? Where do we fit in the feminist movement?