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Feminist: The Value in the Label

By 8:00 AM

With all the talk surrounding everything feminism lately, it's kind of hard not to address it. I don't know about you, but it's really gotten me thinking about how I feel about a lot of the controversy surrounding it.

Disclaimer: I do consider myself to be a feminist, wholeheartedly. 

That being said, I've been noticing a trend in the world of feminism and I felt a need to address some of it and see what others think.

One of the main aspects of feminism that I've become aware of is the seemingly pertinent idea of actually using the label "feminist" to define oneself.

A lot of well-known figures in the world have, in the midst of discussing feminism, declared that they don't consider themselves feminists. However, they simultaneously portray typically feminist qualities.

Basically, there's a lot of celebrities out there (female, mostly)  who say they aren't feminists and don't care for the term, but then they turn around and talk about how important strong female figures are in the world and how we all deserve to be treated equally.

What I want to know is this:

Is declaring the label "feminist" really that important? Is it okay to say you're not a feminist, even though you have feminist tendencies? Or should we be completely un-accepting of those who don't take the label?

Personally, I'm not really sure how I feel about this. 

On one hand, I feel annoyed by those who say they're for equal rights but still declare that they don't agree with feminism. Usually, I find that those types of people are the people who have misconstrued ideas of what feminism really is.

But on the other hand, I don't particularly care for the need for labels that a lot of people have. As long as a person has good ideals and morals, I don't see the need for labeling themselves as anything, feminist or otherwise. I mean, how how much value can one word possibly hold? Or can it hold more value than we think?

I'd like to get some other opinions on this - what do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. I feel that this label does nothing but cause controversy which is why I believe most women that have strong views about equal rights and think society needs strong women don't label themself as a feminist. I do not think there has to be or needs to be a label to define one's opinions. :)