Monday, October 20, 2008

My Feminist Awakening

Since I'm a political person, and many of my political views are seen through a feminist lens, I decided it might be a good idea to explain my feminist "awakening" if you will.

I suppose, to a certain extent, I have always been a feminist. In more ways that I realized, most of the time. I was raised by an extremely strong, independent mother, and she taught me the importance of being strong and independent myself. Although I grew up in a small, rural town, I still didn't put up with shit from anyone, and most of my male friends bestowed the moniker "militant feminist" upon me.

Finally, my junior year at William and Mary I had the time to take an introduction to women's studies course. I only wish that I had taken the course sooner in my college career, since then I would have been able to turn it into a second major, rather than a minor. I loved the class, and many of the essays helped me to see and articulate issues with equality that had always been just below the surface for me. And now, of course, I'm addicted. I read the books, the blogs, and the magazines.

So, I completed in college my major in government and my minor in women's studies. This should help explain the majority of my political views. There isn't anything that I think is more important than taking the time to be informed about current politics, and voting. Even if neither candidate is particularly appealing to you, you should still make a choice. One of them is going to win, and one is likely to be better for you than the other. So, remember, this presidential election culminates on Nov. 4th. Check out your state's board of elections website for information on your polling location, absentee voting, and early voting practices.

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