Friday, June 5, 2009

Why being a feminist is worth it

To my fellow feminist Princetonians:

Although I have just recently left your ranks (oh, Princeton, how I’ll miss you), I want to emphasize the worthiness of your cause. I was running last-minute errands on Tuesday afternoon before bidding farewell to our beloved campus—never to return as an undergraduate—and my boyfriend was keeping me company, just because. As we walked toward Firestone to collect a few leftover materials from my carrel, he turned to me and said, “I can’t believe you got highest honors and a thesis prize. I am so lucky to be dating such a smart woman.”

I don’t know about you, but for me this moment was an absolute epiphany. THEY EXIST! These men who value women for their intelligence, personality, and strength are not a dream, but a reality. And they exist because we encourage the rightness of their beliefs and choices with our actions and words. Feminists, hold your heads high. We are making a difference on Princeton’s campus—and we have just barely begun.

To all Equal Writers: have a healthy, happy, and productive summer. To underclassmen: make the most of your remaining time at Princeton. To seniors: now we must carry this mantle out into the wider world, and I can think of no worthier men and women than you. Best of luck.

An anonymous senior


At June 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anna Grace said...

I actually found this post rather bizarre. The writer is thrilled to find that the person she has chosen to date respects her for her intelligence? Shouldn't respect for each other's intelligence be the minimum standard for any relationship, and not just an added bonus to be celebrated when it finally becomes apparent? The fact that she frames this as a success for feminism suggests that she feels like she conditioned her significant other to respect her intelligence, when presumably it was a trait he always had. It's just very bizarre.


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