I'm not going to lie - it feels really weird to be writing this right now.
I haven't posted for nearly half a year so blogging feels almost unnatural, which is something I never thought would happen. So much has gone on in the past six months (I remember it as a vague blur of college applications, BSed scholarship essays, coffee binges, and the overall emotional turmoil that is Senior Year), so it would be extremely hard for me to simply dust myself off and pick up things where I left them.
Experimentations of a Teenage Feminist has been in my life for the better part of my high school career, but I think it's finally time to move on to something a little different.
Some of you may be aware of this from one of my Facebook updates; I'm actually planning to start a new blogging community with nine other contributors this coming summer. The project is still in its beginning stages, but I'm really excited because it will give me a chance to move into a more professional-feeling sphere as I move on to college in September. (I'm going to be a University of Washington Husky, a longtime dream of mine!)
I want to thank those of you who've supported this blog over the years. Truthfully, it's a little painful (as in, embarrassing) to read some of the stuff I wrote as a feminist "newbie", but you guys are really forgiving, and as I continue to be baffled by comments from people who say they love this blog, I am overcome with gratitude.
Whether you've stuck with me from the beginning or simply found EOTF during some late-night Google adventure, thank you for two great years!
*The corniest thing I could think of.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
I can't believe this day has finally come - I'm proud to present The Faces of Feminism! This project is the product of many months of planning, advertising, and worst of all waiting, but it turned out better than I'd hoped. I set out to collect at least 100 photographs of "self-proclaimed feminists" and by joe, I've done it!
I've said this in the past, but I'll say it again: sometimes identifying as a feminist can be tough when there are so many people in this world dead-set on tearing you down. This post is for any feminist who's ever felt alone in their struggle. The 100+ people pictured below are here to tell you that you're not alone.
Feminists: We're out there. Everywhere.
One of my main hopes for this post is to show how diverse the feminist community really is. Scroll down and you'll see we've got quite the eclectic mix of nationalities, styles, genders, pets (heh), etc. It sounds lame, but as I scroll through these pictures I'm overwhelmed by a sense of awe and admiration. These are real people, dangit. They're not airbrushed. They're not paid spokesmodels. They're just like you and me . . .
So! Mull around, click on the pictures to check out some of these peoples' websites, and have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
(I'll end with some Thanksgiving-inspired corniness:)
- I'm thankful that I live at a time where something like this project is possible.
- I'm thankful to know that there are others out there who share my passion for social justice, empowerment, and change.
- I'm thankful that feminism has been such a huge part of my life for the time that it has.
- I'm thankful to everyone who participated in this post.
- And I'm thankful for the readers who actually give a rat's you-know-what about this blog, and inspire me to keep writing!