Psyching the Zietgeist:
Current Culture Through a Mental Health Lens

What is Feminism?

At a recent Women’s Therapy Referral Service member meeting, we explored the questions, “What is feminism?” and “What does it mean to be a feminist?”. We are a feminist organization, after all, and questions such as these are good ones for us to periodically explore.

The outcome of this discussion was interesting. While we all could agree that WTRS is a feminist cooperative, not all of us identified as feminists. Some of us don’t identify with that label because we believe in lifting up ALL people, not just women, but could get behind the idea of  Intersectional Feminism once they understood what it meant. Others resonate with Radical Feminism, which is about getting to the roots of bias in our society. 

What does Feminism mean to you? Here’s what it means to these feminists:

Nellie McKay sings a catchy, tongue-in-cheek little song. 

Chimanda Adichie tells us we should all be feminists, and talks with Trevor Noah about feminism in this great interview .

These two “unapologetic feminists” have regular conversations about all kinds of things, from a feminist point of view.

And finally – here are Irish Women celebrating the repeal of their country’s strict abortion laws with hugs, tears, and a feeling that Ireland is finally “embracing” its women.

These are just a start; there are lots of great resources available online for learning about feminism. And as you reflect on what Feminism means to you, we invite you to explore these and other resources.

by Anne Ihnen