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A talk about how we practice feminism in real life


There is a word that sometimes seems taboo if you use it “I am a Feminist” for which you can hear verbal abuse from people and they would consider you as the critical or crucial defect of society. Our world here has an individual definition of universal terms without knowing what they are. And what is their work in our daily life? The same goes with Feminism like it is considered that feminism considers women superior to men who are really a myth and it has some other perspective in that which says the concept of equity for males and females in the economic, social, and political roles for which they are struggling around the world.

For this, we conducted a study and review of the text delivered by Roxane Gay, who is one of the best-selling writers in the United States of America. She is also a professor at Purdue University and contributes her opinion to the New York Times. She is also an editor for The Rumpus and founder of The Tiny Hardcore Press. Also, she published a book named, Bad Feminist in 2014, which is one of the best-selling books in the US and has been appraised all the way the talk we are going to discuss is around the same book where she titled Confession of a Bad Feminist.


The talk was conducted under the umbrella of TED in which the audience looked at prominent Females sitting and listening with concentration to the talk which is the broader view of the book she has written and why she terms the book as Bad Feminist. This talk acquired the topic we must choose to give the real idea of what feminism is to be what we are and why calling herself a bad feminist is necessary and has to change. In this talk, she shares about what we still do the things which are not linked to feminism, and why we are even ashamed to say ourselves as feminists in front of others. In the talk, she states a line saying, “Too many famous female leaders and organizations were afraid to be termed feminist. They are afraid to stand up and say Yes! I am a feminist because of fear of what this label means, for being able to live up to the unrealistic expectations”(TED).

The purpose of this talk was to discuss feminism and how we practice it in real life. If we take the quote mentioned above it explains two things by linking it to one subject: women are still afraid of saying their self as a feminists because they do not understand what it means to be and they are still living with unrealistic expectations which are affecting the feminism practice and making it ineffective for being with raising in biasness.

If we explain the first argument, what does feminism mean to be? We mostly think of the superiority of women which is not so true. Feminism means having the liberty to practice their social rights and control their life with an independent approach without the influence of patriarchal values which is not unnatural and everyone loves to be independent. Feminism empowers women to share the task of men with them and become potential in economic development roles because they have the potential to better the labor force. They should not feel ashamed of doing a task that society attached to a man, Roxane said watching the car which is full of dirt, or maintenance of the house external or internal like plumbing and minor electric fixations for which women mostly depend on the men.

The second debate that is valid to talk about is the level of unrealistic expectations which is true. Roxane targets it in a way that we are still dependent on many things towards man. We are not ready to wash our cars by ourselves; we are not ready to get out of that fake fairy tale, which is unrealistic, and we cannot get out of it. Feminism basically relies on reality, and logical aspects of life where being emotional is not bad but being emotionally dependent is bad, you should have liberty, and being realistic in your life is a part of feminism. Women should be a source of inspiration and support for each other. Besides being jealous they should break a glass ceiling for the other ladies. Mostly, we see women as a hurdle to women in professional life where they do not let other women excel in their profession because of feeling insecure with their place which makes them ashamed to say their self as feminists in front of others. Many women claim to be feminists and make words to be pro-feminist, but in actions, they are weakened.

The talk is all logos, and there is a blunt talk being conducted with the logic of how we are bad feminists in which we share openly with behavior that we adopted.


Feminism is not an option; it is the reality of a society that we all have to accept and fight for. The talk highlights the reality of Feminism, which has to be adopted from the realistic approach demanded by feminists. This talk covers all the perspectives in this regard, where it defines feminism in actual terms and its need with a realistic approach. Will this approach help us understand what feminism is?

Works Cited

TED. Roxane Gay: Confessions of a Bad Feminist. 2015. YouTube,



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