The F Word
Feminism has become a dirty word. Some view feminism as an attempt by angry, scorned women to insult men. Others view feminists as the ultimate man-haters. Feminism is none of these things. Feminism is not about bringing men down to women’s level, nor is it about elevating women up to a man’s level. To me, feminism is about eliminating the idea that men and women are on different levels. It’s about treating men and women as people. People who are equally capable of emotion, thought, and success. Feminism is about allowing men to feel and express emotions. It’s about allowing women to voice their opinions without being labeled a bitch. While many advances have been made, there is still room for improvement. Below are the voices of UCI Law, explaining why feminism is important to them.
I need feminism because…
They told my great-great-grandmother she was property; they told my great-grandmother she couldn’t vote; they told my grandmother she couldn’t work; they told my mother she had no choice. And feminism told them no. What will I let them tell me? Nothing.
– Jessica Youngsmith, J.D. Candidate 2016, UCI Law
I need all girls everywhere to speak up
– Angela Perry, J.D. Candidate 2014, UCI Law
I need feminism because people assume I won’t be a lawyer if I get married
– Caitlin Emmons, J.D. Candidate 2015, UCI Law
I need feminism because my teenaged daughters, both high-school athletes, never get an answer as to why their teams must vacate the fields they’ve reserved whenever the boys teams want to use them.
– Katie Rohner, Assistant Director, Public Interest Programs
I need feminism because I don’t want an internship based on a diversity program.
– Zoe McKinney, J.D. Candidate 2016, UCI Law
I need feminism because “slut shaming” should not be a cause of death for girls aged 12-18; I need feminism for Rehtaeh Parsons, Amanda Todd, Audrie Pott, Phoebe Prince, Felicia Garcia, and all other victims of bullying and harassment.
– Stefanie Wilson, J.D. Candidate 2014, UCI Law
I need feminism because unwanted sexual touching is still considered just another night at the club.
– Amy Meier,J.D. Candidate 2014, UCI Law
I need feminism because ‘yellow fever’ is not a compliment
– Leah Kim, J.D. Candidate 2015, UCI Law
I need feminism because I shouldn’t have to tell my friends that rape jokes are not funny.
– Claire-Lise Kutlay, J.D. Candidate 2015, UCI Law
I need feminism because I want to be judged on my skills and abilities, not my waist to hip ratio
– Anonymous Law Student