When I was younger, people who refused to identify as feminists were often met with a simple, straightforward question: Don’t you believe in equality for women?

Of course, when you answered yes, you were promptly informed that, whether you prefer to call yourself one or not, you are indeed a feminist.

In a very short span of time, the opposite has become a true. You can only identify as a feminist if you meet a very strict set of criteria.

I’ve never really concerned myself with these types of labels, especially since they’re usually more reflective of a person’s politics than their principles. Principles are expressed more through the work you perform than the labels you adopt, which is why I always recommend to people to worry less about what they’re called and more about what they do. I think that advice might be applicable in this case. Just keep doing what you’re doing, and your commitment to the goals you’re fighting for will become a permanent fixture of your legacy, so much so that anyone who tries to question your commitment to women’s equality will be laughed right out of the room.

Outer space enthusiast. Japanese history junkie. I write about politics, culture, and mental illness. Disagreement is a precursor to progress.

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