A post curated by Women’s Center staff member, Daniel
This week is Critical Social Justice week!! Yay!! The Women’s Center will be occupying Main Street on Wednesday from 11am to 1pm by bringing our lounge out of the center and into the public! We’ll be doing a number of really cool activities including creating a scrapbook full of pages made by community members about their Feminist Click Moments.
What’s a Feminist Click Moment?????
Your Click Moment is the event or thought or moment when you realized the word “feminist” applied to you. Click is a book of essays about various authors’ Click Moments compiled by Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan. You can read an interview about the book here. Each of our staff members created their scrapbook pages for you all to see and get you thinking about how you want to express your Click Moment and add a piece of yourself to a Women’s Center project that will be available for all to see!
I don’t know if you can actually be a “natural born feminist,” but I was definitely raised as a feminist. My mom has always encouraged my social justice activism, and her constant cheering me on has been invaluable in my journey as a feminist. That might not be an actual “click” moment, but I feel like it’s one of the most important relationships I’ve had as a lil’ baby feminist person growing into a full on raging feminist scholar and activist.
(You can read more about Bria’s Click Moment here.)
My click moments were clouds with silver linings.
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“So…are you a feminist now?”
When I first heard this question, one fateful day, I had to take a moment to pause. Why was this even a question? And why was this person asking like I had the plague? Most of my college experience has been me exploring my identities, values, and passions. My click moment can’t be pointed to just one event but many. Thanks to the amazing and strong women in my life, being a survivor and meeting other survivors, and Gender and Women’s Studies courses, I have learned and will continue to learn so much. So anyway, the answer is
“Damn right, I’m a feminist.”
It has been few years since I had my feminist click moment, and identify as a feminist. I never forget the first time that I started thinking about this more in depth, asking myself if I am a feminist or not. It was during my Gender and Women’s Studies 100 class, when our professor asked the class “ Do you identify as a feminist?” This was something that I never really thought about, I asked myself that question and after a little while my answer was “no!” I don’t exactly remember why I chose that answer. Thinking about it now, it might be because of the fact that I wasn’t really sure of how I defined feminism and what my personal understanding of it was. Later on when I was able to explore my personal identity more and define feminism for myself I realize that I was and am a feminist!
(Narges wrote a longer blog about her journey to feminism last year! You can check it out here.)
I was raised to politically conscious from the start. I went to my first protest at the age of 10 with my dad and my older sister. Once I realized I was bisexual at the age of 15, I began to get involved in gay rights activism by being the only student in my entire school to participate in the Day of Silence. But I never even considered the word “feminist” until I joined tumblr and a whole world of new ideas was opened up to me. I came into my feminist identity at the same time as I was coming into my queer/trans identity and the two have always been and will forever be tied to one another.