How to Talk To Your Friends About Feminism, Because Gender Politics Shouldn't Be a Taboo Topic

Pioneer feminist Florence Luscomb speaks at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1971. (Photo by Spencer Grant/Getty Images)
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I don't know about you, but I am a full-fledged, feminist; heck, I even majored in gender studies! Ever since I learned that the term was indeed not a dirty word, I started taking action and making no apologies. But when it comes to talking to friends about feminism (you know, those people in your life who aren't as into gender politics as you are) about my point of view on women's equality, a lot of times I find myself clamming up. 

So when I stumbled across this YouTube video from Stuff Mom Never Told You, I was thrilled. Finally, someone else understands my pain and is willing to talk about it!

I was delighted to find that all of the host's tips for talking to your friends about feminism are easy and practical — they don't involve reading heavy feminist theory or disowning all of your friends and family who don't feel the same way you do about gender equality. Instead, she suggests very simple things, like practicing what you preach, using a very simple definition of feminism to explain what it means, and looking for opportunities for agreement. I realized that talking about feminism isn't nearly as scary as I was making it out to be and it's time for me to "be the change I wish to see in the world!

Have you ever found yourself wanting to tell your friends about why they too should be feminists, but had no clue where to start? Or do you want to break down the stereotypes that your friends always label you with, for being a feminist? Here are some surefire tips that will get you to recruit your friends to smash the patriarchy with you!


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