was jane austen a feminist?

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I recently wrote a post about classic literature and feminism. I hinted at a blog post dedicated to classic authors like Henry James and Jane Austen. Throughout the past few months, I have read a lot of classic books for fun. That might seem a little crazy to some people, a year ago it would’ve sounded crazy to me, but I’ve found a new love for classics. However, while reading these books, a lot of questions came into my mind because as a feminist, there are some things I think about all the time. While reading, my feminist mind made me think about whether these books could be feminist novels, even if the authors weren’t feminists (and vice versa). The question I want to focus on today, Was Jane Austen really a feminist? And now that I have read most of her books and done research into her life, and I think I have my answer. 

 

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how are we going to have a discussion if people don’t want to talk

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Even after being called an “aggressive feminist” and “way too opinionated”, I still like to respectfully engage in discussions and conversations. I think they are necessary and I’m not afraid to contribute to larger discussions. However, I wonder, we have these discussions and try to raise awareness, but why aren’t things changing. Perhaps because some of the people that have trouble understanding aren’t in the conversations. That’s the main thing I want to discuss. How are we going to see and promote change if the people it would benefit, people that don’t understand, and everyone, in general, won’t talk or discuss?

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let’s talk about classic literature and feminism

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I love books. When I’m not reading, I’m online looking at thrift books. I particularly like classics and gender studies. But this post is not about gender studies books. After reading books like The Bell Jar and The Portrait of a Lady, I was left with a lot of thoughts and questions. Does having a strong female character makes a book feminist? Does having a feminist author make a book feminist? Can a book still be feminist if the author isn’t one? What if it’s white feminism? Does that mean as much if it was from the 1800s? I don’t know. But hopefully, we can start to think more about it.

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developing your own opinion

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At school and just in general, I’m known for having very strong opinions and not holding them back. And I like to think that I have a very good way of developing my opinions. However, I’ve noticed that some people, who aren’t like me, have trouble sharing their opinion or even figuring out what they believe in. Which is something I mention a lot in almost every post. It’s so important that we have opinions and even more importantly, speak them. I’m going to talk about the importance of forming an opinion and how to make sure they are genuinely yours.

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stoping joking about global emergencies

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The title may not have been clear, but this post is going to be about the perception of the coronavirus. I’m in high school as many of you know, where jokes about the coronavirus are widespread and people are ignorant. I can’t go a day without hearing problematic and insensitive jokes about the coronavirus. Not just jokes, but rumors and false information makes everything even worse. This post is going to discuss why I believe we all need to be more sensitive about the coronavirus and why we need to start taking it more seriously. More than that, the importance of staying aware and informed. I also included some more articles with more opinions and also the facts about the virus.

 

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why intersectionality is important

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Get ready, because this is going to be a very controversial post, but when am I ever not controversial. When I first sat down to write this post, I was going to call it, “what is white feminism”. However, I decided to change it because that’s not really what I want to talk about. Yes, I am going to talk about how white feminism can be harmful and contradictory to feminism. But I also want to talk about the significance of intersectional feminist, what it is, and how it’s the actual embodiment of feminism. Continue reading

how the media is manipulating us : body image

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I really wanted to write about how the media’s manipulation and choices affect us, often negatively. That’s when I realized that their actions far exceed the capacity of one blogpost. So this is going to be like a little series. Click Here to see the first post about minority representation. Today’s main focus, body image. How does the media portray body image and what is socially acceptable? How do they create unhealthy ideals? Who is affected by this? Those questions are going to be addressed and discussed. I am also going to focus on real world examples that let you decide how you feel and also to show how prevalent it is. Big warning, I am probably going to criticize and expose some of your favorite movies, media platforms, and pop culture idols. So get ready.

 

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acknowledging the uncomfortable things

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If you have read any of the posts on this blog or know me, you won’t be surprised when I say that I talk a lot about feminism and politics. I bring it up a lot in my everyday life too. I can’t help but bring it up when I’m watching a movie that has no women, or when I’m reading a book with manipulative ideas surrounding politics. And although it’s natural for me to think about stuff like that (because how can I ignore it), I often get asked why I have to bring it up. Why do I have to “make everything so serious”? Why do I have to make everyone else uncomfortable? Why do I have to point out that the story we are reading in class has hints of white privilege? I’m asked these questions almost every day. I’m asked by my peers, by society, and sometimes, by my mind. But the question I want to ask is, How can I not talk about these important things, whether or not they are uncomfortable? 

 

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how have I listened to society?

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I think we all care a lot about something, no matter if that is politics or feminism (like me) or something like math. I take a lot of pride in all of the ways that I try to defy the patriarchy and actively seek out change. But I was just thinking, no one is really perfect especially when it involves a big change like that. It might even be an unconscious practice I have, like saying sorry or supporting unethical brands. (both of which I have found ways to eliminate or improve on in the past couple years) In this post, I am going to discuss some of the ways I “let” society and even the patriarchy affect my life, how I try to change that, and why it’s ok + normal. I’d also like to hear from other people and all of your opinions in the comments!

 

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my feminist book guide

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Ever since I really got into social science books, I’ve noticed how similar a lot of them are. That being said, I recently finished the 600+ page, Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. It’s become one of my favorite books, but if it hadn’t been for one of my teachers, I never would’ve read it. The feminist genre is so pervasive in topics and subtopics, this is meant to make things a little clearer. I love reading books, I love writing about books, so this seemed like the perfect post. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave a comment below.

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is awareness the solution?

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This is a question I think about a lot. How far can raising awareness go when it comes to things like social change, political change, things like human rights violations around the world, etc.? I have so many conflicting thoughts and ideas about it and don’t really know what my definitive answer is. There are a lot of articles and resources out there where people pick one side and argue it, but I wanted to take the time to discuss both ideas. At the end of this post, there are some more resources of other opinions on this topic of change by awareness. I would also love to hear any of your ideas or opinions as well, so feel free to leave them in the comments!

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helping out at the voting polls.

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Anyway, last election day, November 5th, I was an election page. In this post I’m going to discuss what I did, what I noticed and the experience as a whole. I know that I’ve been writing a lot about voting lately, but it’s because I have so much to say. Especially with this new experience, I want to share my thoughts and participation with the voting process. Let me know what other options I should discuss or if you want more voting things!

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before you vote.

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The Election is coming up! I know that I already did a post about voting, and I will definitely be doing more in the future, but a final reminder post would be good. Not only is this a reminder for everyone that is eligible to vote, it’s a resource page. I found a bunch of great resources that answer questions like what to bring on election day, where to go, how to decided who to vote for, etc. This post is a simplified guide to the basics of voting this Tuesday.

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the woman history class forgot about

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Do you know who the first woman to run for president in the U.S.A was? The first woman who owned a firm on Wall Street? The first woman to own a newspaper? Probably not, as she gets left out of most school curriculums and in public knowledge overall. But you can probably tell me at least 5 U.S presidents, who are obviously all male. It’s sad that women and women of politics are often left out of history. They have made just as much an impact, if not more than the men has. And their accomplishments shouldn’t be diminished because of the gender. I just want to make sure that this woman definitely isn’t.

 

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everyday experiences

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I wanted to write this post because I recently realized how a lot of the things I see as problematic have become normal to a lot of people. A lot of this stuff has become a part of a culture that hampers us from seeing the reality of our world. Let me know if you agree with any of these or leave some of your “everyday experiences” in the comments! 

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i’m a feminist and….

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Instead of the saying, “I’m not a feminist, but”, I wanted to do a post on something more positive. Every day, people convince themselves that being a feminist is a bad thing because of the negative connotation it comes it. It’s taboo. people convince themselves that they don’t consider themselves to have that label. They actually are a feminist because the end of that phrase would be, I’m not a feminist, but I believe in the social, political, and economic equality between the genders. Today I’m talking about how feminists have their own identity and how you can be a feminist and still have character. Share what your version of this phrase is in the comments, “I’m a feminist and…”

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my feminist movie list

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Are you a feminist who likes watching movies but get’s tired of the same sexist movie tropes? I love movies, mainly older ones, but sometimes the ideas shown get me so angry, I have trouble enjoying the movie. I did a feminist book list which a lot of you said was really helpful. There are also some tv shows included! Anyway, here are some movies that are feminist/activist friendly and are sure to empower.

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why i’m a feminist

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I’ve written a lot of posts about feminism but I’ve never really touched on why I’m a feminist. There are different reasons for everyone, that I enjoy hearing, so I thought I would write my story. This is going to be a short post, but I would also like to hear your stories too, so feel free to leave a comment! Click here to read some more feminism posts.

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what’s going on with fast fashion pt 3

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The last post of the short series, part three! You might have already read the first 2, but here is my little spiel and description: We all say we want to help the environment, but that means more than just buying a trendy reusable straw. One of the biggest contributing factors some of the worlds most prominent problems has to do with fashion. As much as it pains me to say, the fashion world is flawed. Fast fashion, worker rights, non-inclusivity, racial stigma, and so much more. While I will definitely expand on those topics in future posts, today I’m talking about fast fashion. In this 3 post series, I’m going to explore what it is, why it’s important, what you can do, and how you can do it. Get ready for part 3, where I’m going to discuss how you can change your lifestyle and what you can do to help! If you haven’t read part 1 or 2, it will make more sense so CLICK HERE and HERE!

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stop saying sorry

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Yes, that’s me when I was 5. The point is, as females, we are raised from a young age, by society,  in a world where we automatically feel guilty for everything. As women, we are more inclined to say sorry for things that we aren’t even at fault for. That all the bad things can somehow to be tied back to our actions. When we say sorry, we give up our power. We relinquish it to the person at fault, who will now feel entitled to do as they want. In this post, I’m going to explore why females say sorry and how you should own yourself. I’ve read so many articles an essays about this topic, which is what initially got me interested. At the bottom of the post, there are links to websites and articles I enjoyed and recommend!

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A year in the life! how I’ve grown + what I’ve learned.

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Hello Everyone! This is going to be a really chatty and reminiscent post. 2018 was such a long and important year. I can’t speak for everyone, but I feel like this year I grew a lot more in comparison to past years. This post is all about growth. I wanted to focus this post on my personal growth and the growth of this blog, but there will be some stuff on school + other things. Not everything was great this year, but I’m grateful for all the good things that happened. When you are done reading this post, comment a way you’ve grown this year or something you learned. Enjoy!

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7 Things You NEED to Know About Feminism

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Hello Everyone! Being a feminist and educating people about feminism and equal rights has become a really big part of my life. I talk about it a lot, outside of my blog, and it’s a major part of my life and me. I’ve been thinking about bringing it to this blog more, because I only talk about it on holidays + special occasions. There are so many common misconceptions surrounding feminism, and this post will (hopefully) clear things up. Get ready, because this is going to be a long, informative, maybe even empowering blog post! Yay EQUALITY! Enjoy!

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It’s Women’s Equality Day!!!

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Hello Everyone! It’s Women’s Equality Day!!!! We all know how much I care about equality, feminism, and all sorts of this like that. I’ve seen documentaries and I’ve read articles all about Women’s Equality Day. I am going to give some history behind this special day. Also, since this means a lot to me, I’m going to give my experiences and my history with it! Enjoy!

 

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