Easter has almost come and gone and I am once again reminded that I walk a thin line between my religion and my feminism. For the last month, I have been doing a lot more thinking about how sometimes my religion and my feminist beliefs conflict. I find it hard to believe that my God loves me but also doesn’t believe that I am a second-class citizen. Feminism and Religion have long been on separate paths but it time to see that the two can and should work together.
I would like to note that I don’t have many experiences with other religions besides the one I was raised in, which is Catholicism. I will try my best to bring in other religions and if I get something wrong please let me know.
I am an eco, Marxist, intersectional, radical, dirt-loving feminist. This week, all of the writers for the blog were asked to define what feminism means to them. I find this challenging because it is so open ended. Everyone who has interacted with feminism defines it differently. Different generations have widely different collective notions of feminism. My mom’s generation thought feminism was playing the game like the men do, rather than dismantling the underlying power structures. Ultimately, feminism is equality, acceptance, understanding, and love for yourself and for others.
I’m not a Taylor Swift fan. I never have been, and I doubt I ever will be.
Don’t get me wrong- I admire her. A self-made woman who has stayed relatively true to herself over the last ten years while in the spotlight? Not an easy task. But let’s be honest- when it comes to revolutionary sound and lyrics, Taylor is pretty bland. Not that that’s a bad thing! We’ve all got our favorite songs to listen to on the radio. I personally have belted out “We are never, ever getting back together” with such drunken ferocity you would think it was me who dated Harry Styles. But Taylor Swift is just another pretty white face in a sea of more pretty white faces that run the pop industry with cookie-cutter music and overused hooks. She’s fun, not revolutionary. And that’s the best way I can describe her feminism as well, including her winning speech at the 2016 Grammys. Continue reading “Taylor Swift’s Lackluster “Win” For Feminism”→