One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from feminism is that my definition of feminism is mine and mine alone. Mine to define, to practice, and to share. It is not something that anyone else has the power to dictate to me, nor is it something that I take lightly. It is also not something that I can dictate to another person.
My brand of feminism is deeply apart of my morals. It informs the decisions I make, the actions I take, and how I present myself.
Throughout my life I’ve been told who I’m supposed to be. I’ve also had people try to define me and make me fit into a tiny, little, socially appropriate box. It’s never really worked. I learned at an early age that I am who I am and being anything less than honest with myself is a recipe for disaster.
My definition of feminism is constantly changing, just like I am. It is found in my mundane thoughts and my daily actions. It is not something that I consciously think about all the time, it has become something so deeply apart of my personality that I think of it as I would my quirks, stubbornness, or my empathy.
Analise Johnson is a free-spirited librarian, fun-loving artist, enthusiastic yogi, and consummate mischief-maker. She lives and works in Metro Detroit, with most of her professional energy going towards improving information literacy at the collegiate level.