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Oh, It’s Tuesday: The Happy Feminist


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Hmm, well, this ought to be interesting. After getting started late this morning, I saw that our political blogger had decided to write about feminism, too.

I haven’t read hers yet, but I’ve been meaning to say a few words about feminism, which I feel has been particularly under attack lately and often blamed for everything from general unhappiness among women to the current fiscal crisis to the demise of marriage. It seems like the MSM wants to paint a picture of the perpetually angry feminist, but wants us to believe that the happy feminist is just a myth.

So last week, I decided to start representing. I’ve become “Ernessa the Happy Feminist” or “Ernessa the Practical Romantic” — more on the latter later — when I leave comments. And one of my rotating email signatures declares that I’m an “Author, Blogger, and Happy Feminist.”

And just for the record, I don’t think I’m happy despite being a feminist, but because I am one. There are men and women who paved the way for me to make choices that I wouldn’t have been able to make years ago, and for that I am grateful. I feel that feminism galvanizes me into attending to my happiness in a way that women did not before it was constructed, and I also feel that feminism caused a few break-ups and kept me away from men I would not have been happy with in the long run.Thank you, Feminism!

Do I think the current Feminist Movement has a few problems? Yes! I also have issues with the Civil Rights and Gay Marriage Equality movements, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not a Happy Feminist or a Happy Black Woman (we’ll get into that later, too) or a Fierce Advocate For My Gay Brothers And Sisters.

So now I’m representing. Hello, my name is Ernessa, and I’m a happy feminist.