Dior made a t-shirt and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a book declaring, "We Should All Be Feminists." I have a t-shirt, okay, not the $700 Dior version, but none-the-less, it makes the point, "We Should All Be Feminists" and I love wearing it.
Of course, once I have it on I forget I'm wearing a statement. A belief.
Until someone stops me and makes a comment. What kinds of comments do I get?
Happily, I can report, all the comments have been positive. Usually a quick, "I love your t-shirt" or, "You're right! We should be!" I love it!
The interesting thing is, it's been almost entirely men who I get the compliments and comments from. Usually, younger men in their 20's or 30's. A sign of changing times, in my mind, until my latest experience.
Recently, I was in Paris and wore the t-shirt on my flight home. While I was waiting in US Customs, upon my return to Philadelphia I received the only two comments I got all day. I had already spent a couple of hours wondering around the Charles De Gaulle airport, spent eight hours on a crowded flight, nothing, not one comment. I totally forgot I was wearing it. But, as I was wondering through the line for US Customs I had two different people say how much they loved it.
Both compliments came from white men in their mid-60's. How cool is that! To me, it's a sign of the most significant change possible. The kind of change that affects the heart of the person who benefits from the old system. The small gesture of two men, who have enjoyed the privileges of that system, letting me know they support feminism. It moved me to tears.
Thank you to all the men (and women and those who don't identify with a specific gender) who are willing to step away from the old system and embraces what the dictionary says a feminist is: Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.