I would call myself a feminist because I believe in human equality and equal rights for both men and women. I’m a huge supporter of women, and firmly believe in the importance of women supporting each other, both in our professional and personal lives. I think that it’s time to leave behind the culture of pitting women against each other, as it achieves so little. Incredible things happen when women support each other in business and in life.
At some point, certain aspects of feminism may have become misinterpreted by some, leading to a lowered confidence in identifying as a feminist and a search for a different term to use to express the same message. But I think that the message of equal rights for both sexes has been strongly reinstated, and people realise that that’s what it comes down to. There have been times in the past where I fully supported the movement but didn’t identify with the name, because it had been associated with a more radical side of the feminist campaign. But now, I’m proud to call myself a feminist, and understand that there are many different ways for us to express ourselves.
There have been times where feminism has been brought to a more radical level, and has possibly been interpreted as being anti-men. But I feel that now, a better balance has been achieved, where both men and women understand that it’s about human equality. I think it’s about how you interpret it as an individual, but it’s obviously not intended to be unfair on men or against men. Feminism couldn’t work without men, and the more men get behind it and even call themselves feminists, the better!
Model, nutritional therapist, cookbook author, food blogger