Finding Freedom in Feminism

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.

Feminism is the freedom to be myself, wholly and unapologetically. It is the decision to define myself, to ignore what society and others are trying to force me to become. It is also the choice to love myself unconditionally. To accept my flaws and let my quirks be seen.
Feminism is the freedom to be myself, wholly and unapologetically. It is the decision to define myself, to ignore what society and others are trying to force me to become. It is also the choice to love myself unconditionally. To accept my flaws and let my quirks be seen.
Feminism is the freedom to experience new things and constantly learn from new people that I meet, new cultures I encounter, and lessons along the way. The chance to live a huge life, without regret.  It is the ability to travel the world without explaining my motivation to those who judge me.
Feminism is the freedom to experience new things and constantly learn from new people that I meet, new cultures I encounter, and lessons along the way. The chance to live a huge life, without regret.
It is the ability to travel the world without explaining my motivation to those who judge me.
Feminism is the freedom to choose my own priorities and prioritize my own needs while trying to positively my mark on the world. This allows me to take responsibility for myself, my decisions, and my own successes.  It means that I am responsible for the good I do in the world and for giving back to my community. It is also the ability to further my education as far as I wish. To follow the example of my mother, grandmothers and aunts, and create a life that I am proud to live.
Feminism is the freedom to choose my own priorities and prioritize my own needs while trying to positively my mark on the world. This allows me to take responsibility for myself, my decisions, and my own successes. It means that I am responsible for the good I do in the world and for giving back to my community.
It is also the ability to further my education as far as I wish. To follow the example of my mother, grandmothers and aunts, and create a life that I am proud to live.
Feminism is the belief that I can fully express myself and give the best parts of myself to those that I love, as well as to my community. I learned from my Great Aunt that giving my artistic expressions to the ones that I love was a wonderful way to show them, in a lasting way, my love and support.
Feminism is the belief that I can fully express myself and give the best parts of myself to those that I love, as well as to my community. I learned from my Great Aunt that giving my artistic expressions to the ones that I love was a wonderful way to show them, in a lasting way, my love and support.
Feminism is the responsibility to set a strong example for others. To give my goddaughter, my niece, and other the other amazing women in my life the support they needs to define their own feminism.  As one of my favorite Anonymous quotes goes:  ‘Here’s to strong women May we know them May we be them May we raise them’
Feminism is the responsibility to set a strong example for others. To give my goddaughter, my niece, and other the other amazing women in my life the support they needs to define their own feminism.
As one of my favorite Anonymous quotes goes:
‘Here’s to strong women
May we know them
May we be them
May we raise them’

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.

Ana6Analise 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.

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