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It's a little bit late for International Women's Day, but it slipped my mind that I'd planned to replace this post then. But I guess it's always International Women's Day at Ovarit!

We've all got a Peak Trans story, but this thread is more of a 'Peak Patriarchy' - a place to share your journey into feminism.

I'm particularly interested in answers to questions like:

  • What drew you towards feminism?
  • What have been your experiences the feminist movement?
  • How did you first encounter feminist thought? Books or blogs, youtubers or conversatisions with feminst friends?
  • Has your feminism changed over your life? For instance, were you a liberal feminist who radicalised?
  • What changes has becoming a feminist made to your life, your perspectives, your activism, your relationships, etc?
  • What are your priorities as a feminist?

(This is not a questionnaire or a test - these are just prompts to get you thinking.)

Looking forward to reading everyone's responses!

Earlier threads: [1], [2]

It's a little bit late for International Women's Day, but it slipped my mind that I'd planned to replace this post then. But I guess it's always International Women's Day at Ovarit! We've all got a [Peak Trans](https://www.ovarit.com/o/GenderCritical/13499/peak-trans-reprise-iii-tell-your-story-here) story, but this thread is more of a 'Peak Patriarchy' - a place to share your journey into feminism. I'm particularly interested in answers to questions like: - What drew you towards feminism? - What have been your experiences the feminist movement? - How did you first encounter feminist thought? Books or blogs, youtubers or conversatisions with feminst friends? - Has your feminism changed over your life? For instance, were you a liberal feminist who radicalised? - What changes has becoming a feminist made to your life, your perspectives, your activism, your relationships, etc? - What are your priorities as a feminist? (This is not a questionnaire or a test - these are just prompts to get you thinking.) Looking forward to reading everyone's responses! Earlier threads: [[1](https://www.ovarit.com/o/WomensLiberation/2493/how-did-you-become-a-feminist-tell-your-story)], [[2](https://www.ovarit.com/o/WomensLiberation/10146/how-did-you-become-a-feminist-tell-your-story-part-2)]

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What drew you towards feminism?

I've always been drawn to the idea of making the world a better place, and while looking into why the world is the way it is, and listening to those suffering the most I became aware of just how poorly women are treated on the whole.

How did you first encounter feminist thought?

TED Talks were what got me going. I went through a phase of listening obsessively to TED Talks all day while I had time alone at home, and when I found the lists of talks by women I hopped right on there and what I found broke my heart. Women advocating for victims of FGM, women escaping child marriage then going back to save girls from that fate, and many more. I would watch and listen and just cry and cry.

Has your feminism changed over your life? For instance, were you a liberal feminist who radicalised?

I was radical before I knew what radical was. I never for one second bought into liberal feminism or what I like to call "pop feminism". It astounded me that websites that we're supposedly pro-woman would post articles about BDSM or anal sex. I just didn't believe that those things were good for women. I have gotten angrier and angrier the more I have learned, but now I am at an emotional plateau finally.

What changes has becoming a feminist made to your life, your perspectives, your activism, your relationships, etc?

Since finding radical feminism and having a feminist awakening as a result (mixed with an emotional breakdown around the first covid lockdown) my relationship with my husband has strangely improved. I was able to identify the places I was holding myself back and the behaviours I was falling into in my relationship that were bad for me. I reevaluated where I had landed, and was able to settle into my decisions more strongly. I was lucky that I had picked a good partner to begin with, and that my success and happiness has always been important to him. The other thing is that I have started to pay more attention to the women who are in my life and build those friendships up, as well as make a point to be more friendly to other women in general. I don't stand by anymore when women are being talked about badly behind their backs, I stand up for them.

What are your priorities as a feminist?

  1. Build community with other women
  2. Rise into power together
  3. Make the world a better place

I go into detail on here quite often about my goals, but this sums it up nicely. 😁