I’m a Feminist And Didn’t Even Know It

My stories related to misogyny, sexism, and gender issues

Feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” I believe in human equality, regardless of gender identity or presentation, but I wouldn’t describe myself as an advocate for women’s rights.

Not because I don’t want to fight for gender equality, but because I am so busy advocating for neurodivergent and disabled people, I don’t have the time, resources, or emotional energy to dedicate to the many other worthy causes I wish to support.

Advocacy, by definition, is active, not passive. Advocating means taking action, it’s “action that argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others.”

Over the past several months of reading, writing, and learning about social issues, I’ve come to realize all these issues overlap and intersect with each other. They are inextricably connected.

I certainly don’t hold myself up as an activist, and I will mostly be quiet, listen, and learn from those who are truly on the “front lines” of feminism. I will continue to advocate for all marginalized groups, and when the group is one of which I am not apart, I will move aside and do what I can to lift their voices.

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Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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