Coco Salako

Pinstripe + Feminism

Coco Salako
Pinstripe + Feminism

Happy Women’s History month!

Feminism is so important to me for different reasons. I have been personally attacked and discriminated against on multiple occasions for the sole reason of being a female. However, I have also been fortunate enough to have access to a lot of opportunities. Growing up in Nigeria, I was made very aware from a young age of the fact that most women aren’t as fortunate as myself and don’t have access to much. For me it’s really important to show women from a young age that they can achieve anything they want to regardless of their current position, and that we don’t have to follow strict gender roles or accept being objectified. More women need to be taught that they don’t need a relationship to be happy, that intelligence is sexy and the value of self-love. We have an obligation to ourselves to put ourselves first.

‘Fake feminism’ has been a thing for a long time and it needs to stop. Because the Feminism movement is growing rapidly and because it is no longer socially acceptable to discriminate against women, I’ve seen more men and women say they are feminists but not actually put this into action. Another issue is people claiming to be feminists but when you ask what that means to them, they have no clue what the whole movement is truly about. It’s really important to know your facts before you form an opinion on something. Reading arguments about feminism on twitter or other social media platforms doesn’t cut it because these platforms do not necessarily depict feminism in an honest way. Feminism is and only is ‘the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes’. This does not mean women want to be higher than men or that we want roles to switch. We want to be respected, valued and also want access to the same opportunities men get with ease. We want violence against women to end, equal pay, more representation, more respect, the list goes on.

It’s wild to me how little respect men have for women as well as women have for other women. It’s also funny when I see men’s attitude’s to women change when their mothers, sisters and daughters are affected. It’s either you’re for equality or you’re not. Start conversations with your peers to learn more about their situations and why you need to support feminism. Don’t just get comfortable with where you are or where your friends are and think the fight or conversation ends there. There are women from low income families that literally have nothing and probably never will because of the fact that they are women. There are different countries and cultures around the world that treat women poorly and who need people to fight for them. So don’t just think because the women around you have it ‘good’ that other women don’t have it worse. We need everyone’s full support and not half ass support when it’s related to only your family members.

The Future is Female!

 

Photographer: Alana

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