I think I was about 14 or 15 when I first discovered feminism. I know It was a time when it definitely wasn’t considered cool for a 14-year-old living in rural Ireland to identify as a feminist. I used to live on Tumblr, which I’d credit for a lot of my activism and morals when I was a teenager. I used it as a source for education so much and it introduced me to the world of feminism in a massive way.
However, although I’d started reading feminist literature and thinking with a feminist mindset, I wasn’t open about the fact that I was a feminist. I’d never really bring up the topic and if anyone did, I wouldn’t really have felt safe enough to disclose my feminism.
I’m not really sure why this is, but it was probably a confidence thing. I think I recognised that should I choose to speak out about feminism, I’d no doubt encounter a lot of people who wanted to argue with me and I didn’t really feel confident enough to articulate my opinions.
But when I moved to Dublin my life was incredibly different. I was surrounded by people who were open to the ideas of feminism and who I could actually have engaging discussions with. I was doing a degree in journalism where we were actually encouraged to have opinions. I began to attend feminist events and expand my knowledge of feminist issues in a massive way. In college, I started a feminist society with a group of my friends so we could actually get involved and try to make a difference.
Once I felt like I had more of a knowledge about feminism I was then able to start writing about it. I wrote articles encouraging people to call themselves feminists and to get involved in any ways that they could. My friend and I started a feminist podcast which I will link in the description below. I began debating with people online and in real life about causes that are important to me. I was fully engaged in and committed to feminism in a way that I hadn’t been before.
I know it sounds cheesy, but feminism genuinely has enriched my life. It feels so good to have discussions with people about stuff that matters to you and I really think I’ve made some genuinely amazing connections through feminism. In the future, I hope to continue down this path and to help the feminist cause in any way that I can.
I do believe that through embracing feminism and doing your part, you can genuinely make a difference and who wouldn’t want to do that?
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