So I got lost in a Zooey Deschanel vortex and ended up on the website she shares with her two friends. It’s called hellogiggles and it’s as adorkable as it sounds. But it also has some really informative pieces that make for great discussion. Recently they shared a piece written by a 6th grade girl who had recently discovered a tumblr/campaign started by Duke University students called, “Who Needs Feminism?” I for one, can think of a lot of people in the entertainment industry who could use a healthy dose of Feminism 101. I won’t mention their names ((LilWayneTerryRichardsonRihannaAdamLevineetc.)). Anyway, according to the site, we all need it. Agree or disagree? Check out what the campaign’s participants have to say inside.
Here is an excerpt from the piece written by the young girl, named Ruby, who contributed to hellogiggles.
So, I just found out about this really cool website that a bunch of people at Duke University started. It’s called Who Needs Feminism? and people post pictures of why they need feminism. For instance, this woman says she needs feminism because “feminine” is not “anti-feminist”. I saw that and I felt like she got me, you know? The whole who needs feminism campaign? It’s awesome.
Wait wait wait. Back up. Who needs feminism? We all do. But we all don’t get what it means, because it can be described in many different ways. To me, feminism means girls and boys are of equal value. This means if girls can play with Barbie dolls, so can boys. WE ALL NEED OUR EQUAL RIGHTS. It’s not just about sports or playing with things; I’m talking about our approach as a society to each other. Girls and boys should have the same opportunity to do the same thing and not be all like, well, girls can’t do math. That’s craz town! WE ARE ALL HUMANS.
I need feminism to be a part of everyone’s vocabulary because I am in middle school, and I don’t see it as part of our language, even now in 2012. And I have this feeling I’m going to keep talking about it, probably for the rest of my life. But maybe when I get older, I’ll be talking about it in a different way than I am now.
Read the complete, amazingly well-written piece here.
I also found another article from a Duke student called, “Do We Need Who Needs Feminism?” It reads a bit like something out of a literary theory course (which is fine), but in quoting another student she makes a great point: feminism is like democracy– it’s a good idea that nobody agrees about. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
There’s a simplicity to the campaign that I can really appreciate. People send in photos of themselves holding up signs explaining why they need feminism and that’s it! The debate comes from people like us, looking at it critically (and trying to decide whether or not we need feminism), but the idea is basic and is almost completely dependent on audience participation. I’m interested!
I’d love to hear what you guys think about the project. Do we need something like this today? Or is Feminism the outdated F-word that people are over?
Here are some of the campaign’s other contributions: