I was recently searching for my blog on WordPress, but when I typed “Happy Feminism” into the search bar, the first result was a post titled “Feminism Won’t Make You Happy.” While I was a little taken aback by it at first, I realized they were right; feminism won’t make you happy. As my mom always said, “Only you can make yourself happy.” …..Feminism is maybe just a mechanism for getting there.
While anyone who believes in gender equality could consider themselves a feminist, only if that belief leads to action will it increase a person’s happiness. If it lets you feel more comfortable with who you are or try different things that otherwise would have been “off-limits” to your gender, you will definitely be happier.
However, if all you do is acknowledge the injustices in the world, I would bet feminism would only add to your unhappiness. There’s no good in acknowledging what’s wrong if you aren’t willing to change it.
I suppose most of the critics out there are the kind of people who don’t like change, so I can understand why feminism isn’t right for them. However, for everyone else who can envision a more wonderful world and wants to fight to make it a better place, I’m proud to call you my fellow Happy Feminists.