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Introducing myself and my journal: Feminism, justice and hair bows

About Me:
Feminism because it gives me tools to understand and change an unjust world.

Justice because it is a word that needs to be associated with the struggles and experiences of young women, and not only the "big" and "neutral" world where male interests dominate.

Hair bows because they represent to me all that is girly, empowering and norm-breaking. I want to show the world that little girls with bows in their hair have as much to say as grown med in suits.

I am a Swedish girl in her early twenties who is majoring in gender studies and like to win discussions. I also enjoy analyzing commercials, drinking Chinese tea from tiny cups, walking under umbrellas while the rain pours down and engaging in political struggles. I have run a feminist blog for two years where I discuss issues like self esteem, norm-breaking, dealing with anti-feminist arguments, trans politics and the right to be heard.

I am a member of the Swedish feminist party (we have one, yes!) and the local LGBTQ-organisation. My notion of womanhood and femininity is fluent, it is an even on-going process of representation which bear real implications in the world, and I believe that gender is self-identified.

I live in an intersection of two worlds. Because of the way I look (the bows, remember) and behave (I had a privileged childhood) I fit in very well with in the hetereonormative rules, including their class and race implications, of mainstream
society. But what these rules don't see at first sight soon become apparent. To identify as bisexual and have a transsexual girlfriend is not easy, even in a country like Sweden. I love my queer community, as well as my normative friends, and I feel very much my self in both worlds. But at the same time I never quite fit any of these environments perfectly. Something disturbs the harmony as these world try to live side by side in me and the intersection is the only space left. A difficult, bewildering state, but one which never ceases to give me new insights and experiences.

My Passions:
Feminism, lgbtq-politics, justice, writing and hair bows

My Challenges:
Being heard in a patriarchal society, which does everything in it's power to silence people like me

My Vision for the Future:
My vision is a world where girls are never afraid and the variety of personalities and interests that exist among can be expressed, instead of forced in to one of two categories.

My Areas of Expertise:
Blogging, Gender studies, Swedish trans politics, Feminism

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Breese's picture

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Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

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Fatima

Maddy M.'s picture

I love the meaning you have

I love the meaning you have given to hair bows in your life. You really made me picture a little girl with a hair bow standing next to a man wearing a formal suit :)

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