Unlearning and learning

When I was in sixth grade, I wrote my term paper on women’s rights. I didn’t have a framework for my paper, but it did discuss women’s suffrage, how women are treated in the Islamic world, and even briefly mentioned female genital mutilation. I really thought I was hot shit at the time, writing about something so serious and important.

Turns out I knew nothing at all about women’s issues. There are so many facets to it that it’s always fun to learn about new perspectives, particularly that oppression comes in many forms and not just in women being prevented from voting, going to school, or driving, although those are definitely major concerns.

However, oppression also manifests in attitudes and behaviors that seem pretty ordinary. Criticizing women for what they wear. Blaming women when something bad happens to them. Making women feel that they will never be good enough and that they should always be validated by others. And that’s just to mention a few.

Their ordinariness is what makes them particularly dangerous.

I started this blog to try and make sense of how we women are treated in society, the boxes that we are expected to fit into, how we’re conditioned to become what we are, and how we transform into what we are expected to be. Hopefully, I will be able to unlearn and learn many things about myself, society, and feminism itself in the process.

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