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12 Images of Everyday Feminism That Will Inspire You

12 Images of Everyday Feminism That Will Inspire You

Do you know what a feminist looks like? Here’s Wikipedia’s definition of feminism: The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

So what does this actually look like in the real world?

Feminism comes in many different shapes and forms. A feminist could be the woman that advocates for her own life. The one who goes ahead and gets up and lives her life the way she wants to. She does this against the odds, sometimes having to fight against her culture, religion, patriarchy, military, media, or family.

She is the one who decides that she has a right to live according to her own plans, as the poet Mary Oliver says: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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They don’t talk, they do. They are.

womenhorse

    The equestrian woman, bold and strong.

    femalecops

      The policewomen protecting the streets of NYC.

      femaleguitar

        The woman who rocks!

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        bride

          The bride who chooses when and whom to marry.

          femaledoctor

            The female doctor.

            actorfemale

              The female actress.

              femalerunner

                The woman who runs. In the mud.

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                  Women in the military.

                  womanonharley

                    The woman riding the Harley.

                    writerfemale

                      The female writer and author.

                      emmawatson

                        While the popular image of feminism is women like Gloria Stienem, who blaze trails in history, don’t forget to look around at the women that are going ahead and walking the walk.

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                        Emma Watson, the young actress of Harry Potter fame, recently gave a moving speech at the UN about feminism. Here’s a quote:

                        “When… at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

                        What Watson speaks about, millions of women are living and breathing: the right to choose their lives.

                        Feminism advocates need us to live our lives the way we desire it, and to help other women in our lives do the same. They are atthe podiums but so are the women in these images. The images of these women and other women in many other choices of their lives can inspire you to see what the result of feminism is and can be for the entire world.

                        Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mara_earthlight/4000994423/ via flickr.com

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                        Last Updated on June 13, 2019

                        How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                        How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                        Think you have a boring life?

                        The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                        Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                        1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                        What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                        Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                        2. Go Play with Kids

                        Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                        They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                        3. Order a Hot Dog

                        While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                        4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                        Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                        5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                        You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                        You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                        6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                        Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                        Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                        7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                        Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                        What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                        8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                        You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                        9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                        Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                        10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                        We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                        11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                        It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                        12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                        This will give you something to look forward to.

                        Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                        13. People Watch

                        Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                        People are infinitely interesting.

                        14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                        Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                        15. Dance

                        You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                        If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                        16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                        This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                        17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                        Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                        18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                        Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                        19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                        OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                        20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                        This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                        Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                        Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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