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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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Two things. One: when I was 14, I slept over at my friend’s house. She had a really cool mom who was also a lesbian. I remember I needed something to sleep in and her mom loaned me this t-shirt with a bunch of text on it. I remember I laid the shirt out on the floor and sat there reading it. I have since tried to find the text online but I cant. It was basically a huge long list of all the double standards and prejudices women face. At the end it said “it is for these reasons I am part of the women’s liberation movement.” The examples given were things like “When a man is bossy, he is strong, when a woman is, she is a bitch.” Etc. But they were all incredible points I had never really thought about at that age, and reading them hit me like a punch of wild truth to the gut. It blew my mind. And I copied the whole thing out into my notebook and I recall from that point on just being so much more aware of the ways in which sexism affected my life. Like, oh wait, when the guys at school stand in the hall and comment on the shape of our bodies as we walk by just trying to go to class, or give us number ratings out of 10 for our “hotness,” that isn’t just a generally shitty thing that happens. It is a SEXIST thing.

Oh, and then the next year I got the internet and was introduced to porn. And it didnt escape my notice that 98% of it featured men degrading women. And I felt like that shattered me and made me realize how so many men will never truly regard us as equal unless we keep on fighting to prove that we are.