Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it could save your pussy.
This weekend’s #WomensMarch proved that over 3 million Americans identify as feminists. In the rain, snow, sleet, and shine, huge numbers of ladies (and gents) made their voices heard about what feminism means to them.
The term “feminist” is thrown around a lot and can take many shapes and forms, regardless of your political persuasion. Today let’s talk about being your own feminist. For me, part of feminism is taking care of myself.
Here are 5 ways to start your own movement from within:
Educate yourself on your body; especially your vagina. It can be intimidating—scary even—to check out what's going on down there but the best way to know what's up is by looking down. After I shower, I grab a mirror, prop one leg up on the toilet, and take a peek to make sure everything looks "normal." No unusual discharge, bumps, swelling or excessive redness. Knowing what's normal for my body puts me in control of it.
What motivates you? Which issues really hit home for you? From women's health (that's mine!), bipartisan issues, equality in the workplace—find that issue and make it your goal to not only educate yourself about it, but educate and inform your friends, too.
Do the research! While Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are fantastic outlets for creativity, opinions, fun blogs (like this one), and staying up-to-date on social media, you should still do your research on topics that are important. Best way to avoid this whole “fake news” thing? Do your own research! While social media outlets can be an introduction into an issue, it's up to you (and all of us) to research the facts ourselves so we can have an informed opinion.
Ask the uncomfortable questions—to your doctor, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, to your government, to yourself. Ask! Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it could save your pussy. Ask your partners about their sexual history. Ask your doctor if you think something's not right. Ask your boss for more responsibility (and money). Ask your government to stand up for all its citizens! Ask! We'll never get the answers if we don't.
Stand up for yourself! We might not all agree on certain issues but we all agree that women's right and women's vaginas are nothing to be messed with. Whether it's being active in a protest or proactive about women's health and choices, stand up, shout loud, and don't take no for an answer. A cat might have 9 lives, but this pussy's only got 1.
Educate, motivate, investigate, interrogate, and demonstrate.
Be your own feminist.
❤️ Caitlyn Buske, Uqora contributor