If you're anything like me — a Millennial woman living in modern society —, you're no stranger to the f-word.
It's on the tip of everyone's tongue, if, of course, you are sporting a vagina down south.
Sure, our fellow men sporadically mutter the word under their breath, but usually only when it follows our other favorite f-word: f*cking.
As far as we've come as a gender, we, women, have a long way to go.
Just recently, President Obama suggested putting a woman's face on the $20 bill, something our ancestors would have never imagined doing.
It was only last year that then-16-year-old Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize fighting for girls' rights to education throughout impoverished countries.
And now in 2015, Hilary Clinton is one of the few women in history to run for President of the United States.
Women are taking the spotlight in media and activism all across the world. How do we keep this phenomenon going? The first step to prolonging this path to equality and female empowerment is embracing the power within.
I mean, wasn’t it Shakespeare who said,
Okay, maybe that wasn’t The Bard of Avon, but come on, ladies. Why is there such hostility toward being a feminist?
It's time to cut the sh*t and get real.
Society is evolving every minute before our eyes; there are changes to the ways we live our everyday lives, and there will be changes to the ways our children will live their everyday lives.
Wouldn't it be stellar to be part of a time when women actually made some kickass changes? I know I'm on board.
Here's why you should be, too:
1. Feminists know what they want and go after it.
All feminists know that when their eyes are on a prize, they will do just about anything to claim it. Does this require hard work and perseverance?
Hell yeah, it does! But, a feminist doesn’t quit when the going gets tough; the feminist gets going.
2. Feminists don't want to just be equal to men; they want to be better.
Anything men can do, we can do better. Equal pay? How about we get paid more than men?
I mean, we are the ones bringing them into the workforce after all.
We compete for the same positions while constantly being judged on our outward appearances instead of our intellect; we give birth to their offspring and then we don't get paid while we raise the future testosterone of America.
3. Feminists have no shame in their games.
Men don’t apologize for the way they play the field, and feminists don’t either.
If you’re a single feminist who wants to casually date several men at once, you’ll do it with immense pride.
What’s the difference between the car and the garage, anyway? The garage is more stable, that’s what.
4. Feminists love their non-uniformity bodies.
Take Lena Dunham, for example. She's a kickass female on the forefront of feminism.
In her book, "Not That Kind of Girl," Dunham expresses no shame in her body and she is totally unapologetic for her nudity in her HBO show, "Girls." And why should be apologetic?
The girl is killing it in her media career, is a New York Times Best Selling author and is an award-winning writer and director all at the age of 28-years-old.
Rock on with your nude self, Lena. You make us all proud!
5. Feminists don’t dress for men; they dress for themselves.
Women don’t dress for men. They dress for themselves.
Women don’t wear makeup for men. They wear makeup for themselves.
Women don’t wear sexy underwear for men. They wear sexy underwear for themselves.
Women don’t do anything for men. Besides the occasional favor, which, as any feminist knows, requires a return date.
6. Feminists don’t blame their attitudes on PMS.
I’m not an opinionated, fiery, blunt bitch one week per month. I’m an opinionated, fiery, blunt bitch every week of the month.
Feminists don’t blame Mother Nature for their strong attitudes and stances on life because the frameworks of feminism embrace all of these qualities! Feminists embody it and all of its glory.
7. Feminists know a red flag when they see one.
When it comes to dating, a real feminist knows a boy doesn’t pick on you because he has a crush on you.
She knows a boy picks on you because he’s inadequate and intimidated by your strong persona, and therefore, he does not deserve even a minute of your time. On to the next one.
8. Feminists have no problem paying for dates.
Who established the traditional rules for dating? Sure, the feminist likes to be taken to a nice steak dinner on a Friday night, but she isn’t the girl who refuses to pick up a tab.
The feminist is independent and strong-willed, makes her own money and stacks up her savings account sky-high.
She’s the kind of girl who will order the steak and the lobster, drink you under the table and then charge it all right to her Amex.
9. Feminists know when to let it go and move on.
Friendships, relationships, hookups, you name it; the feminist knows how to let it go.
As women, we’re no strangers to the occasional dramatic confrontation. Hell, we’re accustomed to it at this point.
The feminist is no stranger to them either, but she handles it in a way most don’t. She doesn’t send you 17 drunk texts from the bar apologizing for coming on too strong, and she doesn’t say she’s sorry for unfollowing you on Twitter.
F*ck that. The feminist deletes your number and puts your social media on “do not disturb.” Namaste, bitches.
10. Feminists empower other feminists to reach their full potentials.
In a modern society where females are constantly in competition with each other, the feminist defies the odds.
Instead of tearing down her fellow soul sisters, she embraces all the qualities she has to offer society.
Feminists live to inspire other females to feel empowered, strong and confident in every sense of themselves.