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'The Lazy Feminist'

There is an old Chinese aphorism that says ‘women hold up half the sky’. However In some places around the world they end up holding more than half. I come from a place where women hold more than half the sky. Where anonymous are women. Myself I have always been interested in uprisings, and even more I have always preferred dissent over conformity, noise over silence. Telling the story of the woman or fighting the cause of women is still considered widely as a voice of dissent. Where those who narrate this voices are seen as mere rebels who need to be silenced. It is for this reason that I asked why not become the dissenter and lead the uprising for other women who are already silenced? I joined World Pulse to start this awakening, not only from within but also around me, to ignite other women to rise up and act. Before joining World Pulse I had been reading a lot about the feminism movement even considered myself a ‘femi-nazi’ a word i adore. Even though many find this term peculiar and usually very curious to ask what this term really mean and some even say am potentially dangerous being a ‘hijabi femi-nazi’. For a long time however I have not lived up to this name, I remain disengaged from women activism I think have been a ‘lazy feminist’, a mere spectator who was muted. But now I want to live up to this term ‘femi-nazi’ that I so love and not only carry this fancy title but really make an impact in my society. It’s a new beginning for myself, a new sojourn for me and the women I work with now who are mostly gender based violence survivors. Our story officially begins here at World Pulse!

Some birds are not meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright and when they fly away the part of you that know it was sane to lock them does rejoice-Anonymous

Comments

TJ's picture

fem-nazi! :)

I checked it out and think the title did catch me :)

Shamsa's picture

Thank you TJ will be one of

Thank you TJ will be one of your readers as well want to hear more from you

Great prose/poetry and testimony...
I want more :-)
Do not get too lazy to write again here!
All the best.

Kindest regards,

Ana Isabel
fairchange@gmail.com
skype: anaisabelbbp

Shamsa's picture

Dear Ana Isabel, Thank you so

Dear Ana Isabel,

Thank you so much for the encouragement am gonna fight hard to never stop writing

Warmest greetings

Abby A's picture

Passionate!

Dear Femi-nazi,

Your passion is evident, your drive to engage this movement exciting! I want to hear more as well. I want to hear what from your life has inspired you, what experiences have ignited this fire inside you, whether they be your own or from the women you work with! Also, what is a femi-nazi? You share that you want to live up to its name and I want to know what that name means-this would make that statement even more powerful.

Keep goin!
Abby

Shamsa's picture

Hey Abby

Thank you for reading my post. I will be writing more of my experiences with the women that am now working with, there experiences as well as our journey. The term 'feminazi' is one that is highly controversial which has in the past equated feminists with Nazi's,/fascism/militancy/extremists. But this is subjective view of the term i see 'feminazi' as a form of activist feminism still trying to identify myself in this movement and finding a meaning for this term. Will be posting more writings

Sangita Thapa's picture

Good luck!

so glad to know that you're living for a cause and you dare to speak! I wish you very best of luck in your endeavours for the change.

Shamsa's picture

Thank You

Thank you so much Sangita. So glad to know am not fighting for a more just world alone. You are one of the fighters. Officially a fan of your writing

Sending you good vibes!

Theresa's picture

noise over silence

Inspiring journal. You will make a positive impact on your society, which by sharing will inspire others as well.

May your new sojourn be a powerful journey.

Cheers,

Theresa VE

Shamsa's picture

Thank you Theresa. Hope to

Thank you Theresa. Hope to hear from you as well and be part of your journey

Regards,
Shamsa

Maya Norton's picture

Shamsa

What a captivating piece, Shamsa. Can't wait to read more - and am therefore off to read your others right now.

~ Maya

Shamsa's picture

Dear Maya, Thank you for the

Dear Maya,

Thank you for the comments. I truly appreciate you

With love
Shamsa

Maya Norton's picture

Most welcome. Shamsa, I've

Most welcome.

Shamsa, I've been mulling over whether to say anything about this, but doesn't the "Nazi" part of the term "feminazi" bother you? I think maybe people who like this term consider it as meaning a strong advocate or fighter for something. Can you help me understand?

~ Maya

Shamsa's picture

Maya Actually i had a long

Maya

Actually i had a long conversation with a feminist the other day at my local cafe and she had the same concern and she discouraged me from using this term..i had already posted the article at that time but i have realized the term is a bit too militaristic and even controversial..rather avoid it. Thank you for pointing it out

Maya Norton's picture

I hesitated to write

I hesitated to write anything, but the concept of anything being compared to Nazis or what they stood for is unthinkable to me and it's the farthest thing I associate you with. Glad to hear your feminist friend encouraged you away from it.

~ Maya

Lylinaguas's picture

Keep at It!

We certainly would like to hear more from you and on what or who inspired you to transform from a "lazy feminist" to a "femi-nazi". Be inspired by the stories shared by other women of the world and and make an impact in society. Best of luck on all your endeavours.

Lylin

Lylinaguas's picture

Keep at It!

We certainly would like to hear more from you and on what or who inspired you to transform from a "lazy feminist" to a "femi-nazi". Be inspired by the stories shared by other women of the world and and make an impact in society. Best of luck on all your endeavours.

Lylin

Shamsa's picture

Lylin

Thank you for reading my post.This year i promised myself that i was going to explore my creative side..do most of the things on my bucket list among them was to start writing, and to be actively involved in women rights. I took up a job working with women now am on a new road map to being a budding feminist not by words but by deeds. I hope you will continue being part of my community

With lots of love
Shamsa

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