The word feminism elicits a strange hurricane of reaction from those who misinterpret it. When some hear the words “I’m a feminist” they rush to check the armpits and legs of the woman who said it: does this woman collect her body hair as protest?
Or they grow defensive: So you think women are better than men?
Or, the best one; a fear manifests in their minds of women gangs running around town with pitchforks, rounding up men to enslave to an all female-run society.
Well, I’m here to tell you, that’s not what feminism is. And, if you don’t believe me, or aren’t completely sure what feminism is all about, look no further than You Don’t Have To Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism, a novel by Alida Nugent. In this book you will learn the rules of feminism, according to Nugent (spoiler alert: the rules are there are no rules. The whole point of feminism is just be who you are, do what you want, and demand to be treated with respect regardless). However, this book is not only about feminism and realizing it’s not as daunting as you might think. It’s also about embracing yourself for you who are, and more importantly, accepting yourself for who you aren’t.
If you’ve never read Alida Nugent’s work before, you’re in for a treat. Not only is Nugent hilarious and witty, but she’s incredibly relatable. From the loathe she has towards eating healthy and losing weight, to the endless search of lipstick that doesn’t smudge when devouring 18 slices of pizza at midnight, Nugent shows readers it’s fine to be a mess of a person and still be feminine.
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To check out more of Alida Nugent’s work, visit her blog yourbestworstfriend.com.
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