Why I am a feminist and am not embarrassed to say it

For a long time I didn´t dare call myself a feminist because I thought feminists were tomboys with mustache and anger issues. I used to think that if I said I was a feminist, people would think I had problems and that I was ugly, on top of it.

Luckily, things have changed and now being a feminist can be even cool. Emma Watson has done a lot to put the topic on the table and explain what it means to be a feminist. Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, my hero, explains it well in her book We Should All Be Feminists. I gave that book to my daughter and my niece and would like to keep giving it.

This is the first blog I write and is no coincidence that is about feminism. I would like to reach women, especially Latinas and get them to open their eyes. Being a feminist is the first step.

Why? First because we have to realize that we as women have the same rights than men. The right to be happy, to study, to work, to decide what to do with our time, to choose what to do with our body, to enjoy our sexuality. The right to express what we feel, our desires, fears, and aspirations without fear of being judged. The right over our body, to enjoy it with who we choose, how to dress it, how to show it, or not. It is our decision. Not the decision of the man we love, or the man we married, or the man we are in a relationship with, or the father, or the brother.

We own our lives and we have the sole authority over any decision about our lives and our bodies. How is this hard to understand? It seems so obvious to me. We need to take the reins of our lives.

The goal of a woman is NOT to get married, or be sexy, or seduce guys, or remain a virgin until she walks to the altar, or be the best mother in the world, or the best daughter, or the best anything. The goal is to get to wherever we decide we want to get to. Not follow what is imposed to us by society, religion, or institutions that were invented and are ruled by men.

So, with a mustache like Frida Kahlo, or with no hair in the tongue (sorry, literal translation of a Colombian expression that means “talk without mincing your words”) I invite you to become feminists, to feel entitled to live your lives fully and with your eyes open.

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