By Saadia Mansoor
I see feminists appreciating 'women' all the time, but let's not forget to send out love/ thoughts to women very often intentionally or unintentionally excluded from womanhood. Lets appreciate trans women, physically or mentally challenged women, women who're sex workers, women in the porn industry, infertile women looked down upon, black women, Asian women, brown women who're degraded for making choices that aren't considered mutually exclusive by society like being Muslim and being bisexual at the same time, women with eating disorders, 'too fat' women, 'too skinny' women, women victims of acid attacks, and other forms of physical, mental, & sexual abuse,homeless women, women degraded for choosing abortion, women shamed for not speaking up against their physical/sexual assault, women shamed for speaking up against their assault..a gazillion different categories and a gazillion different stereotypes. The list is never ending. It's convenient to say that why should we care because for instance, women of color have their own feminism. It's easy to pick out one form of feminism and say 'I'm a brown feminist' or whichever feminist you proclaim yourself to be. But isn't it pathetic having these wide ranged distinctions to cater to 'different kinds' of women? INCLUSION is where feminism has its roots embedded. The whole idea of feminism is inclusion & equity (in materialistic AND abstract terms) with the OPPOSITE sex but how does feminism bloom if even the people of the SAME sex are so conveniently excluded? When there exist so many boundaries within feminism just to divide the different types of women? It's hard recognising how we ourselves despite being women segregate other women from the wide arena of womanhood. Sometimes, its not just about equal rights. Sometimes it's just about recognition. Loving women unlike you. Loving to watch women who're unlike you learning to love themselves
Written by Saadia Mansoor
20 year old writer residing in New Zealand. I'm a lover of words and everything artsy. I'm a Psychology major. My writing tends to be along the lines of feminism, biculturalism, and love.