A feminism for all

Generation prophet

As an author of fiction for young adults, I am constantly impressed by teenagers’ ability to approach feminism with nuance. I believe that this sense of nuance is something that distinguishes the next wave of feminism and I predict it will become even more prevalent in 2017 and beyond. 

Nuanced feminists can feel weary about the way in which women’s bodies are constantly objectified and still understand the value of sex-positivity and the danger in attempting to police other women’s sexuality. They understand that there’s a difference between a music video where women are used as props and one where women of colour like Beyoncé, Rihanna or Nicki Minaj are reclaiming their sexual power—and how the latter can be empowering due to the long history of society’s hyper-sexualisation of the black female body. 

Nuanced feminists can be fearful that sex work contributes to a culture where it’s assumed that a woman can be “bought” and also believe that sex workers deserve protection and better employment conditions. They might feel uncomfortable with the idea of abortion but vehemently defend a woman’s right to choose. They don’t think women who have plastic surgery are “betraying” the sisterhood—they’re more interested in discussing an ageist culture in which women feel under pressure to remain eternally youthful. 

They refuse to decry women who take selfies as vain, instead exploring the idea that a selfie might be an act of self-love in the face of crushing societal demands that seem determined to make us hate ourselves. They know that there is no “right” way to be a feminist or even to be a woman. Nuanced feminism is inclusive. It is for women of all races and religions, it’s for transgender people, it’s for men, it’s for straight people, gay people 
and everyone in between. 

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