My Anaconda Don’t Want None Unless You Got Feminist Ideals, Son

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The Seneca Falls Convention was the first women’s rights convention in history. It took place in Seneca Falls, NY from July 19-20, 1848. It wasn’t perfect. The arguments for women’s rights were framed in a racist context and with no regard to any women of color, but it marks one of the first instances where women were fed up with the short end of the stick, and they weren’t afraid to be loud about it!

Millennials are becoming more fully aware that feminism is not a dirty word, and that gender equality is an issue worth learning about and fighting for. When I was younger I wasn’t aware of these kinds of issues, and it may be because I led a somewhat sheltered life, but another viable reason is that I didn’t have the same strong female figures that younger millennials today have to look up to. Public figures millennials admire far and wide are taking up the cry of feminism, and it’s amazing to see the effect they have on the younger end of Gen Y. Enter celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lawrence, and you’ve got yourself a generation open to change and willing to listen to what their peers have to say about it.

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When Jennifer Lawrence came onto the silver screen in a blaze of dystopian fire and fame, people around the world were in awe. Not only was her portrayal of Katniss from The Hunger Games fantastic, her voice as a celebrity quickly spread like wildfire. Lawrence is loud, and unafraid to speak about issues that concern her and other females on the scene. Her most recent discussion revolves around the imbalance of salaries between male and female actors. While Lawrence is still one of the highest paid female actors in Hollywood, her income is dwarfed by male actors like Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale. But beyond money, Lawrence speaking to young people everywhere about body positivity and equality has had a huge impact on the way we’re thinking. It has us thinking, which beyond anything, is the important part.

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Once you begin to think about the issues at hand, you can get into the nitty gritty of it. Nicki Minaj’s brand of feminism is fierce, powerful, and unafraid to make people uncomfortable. When “Anaconda” came out, the world was in an uproar. Here was an old, particularly objectifying song, revamped and taken back by a black, female rapper. Since the beginning of her career, Minaj has made it clear that she’s not here to play nice. She’s taking the rap world by storm, completely unafraid to play with the boys.

Beyond staking her claim in the rap world, Minaj has taken a stand for women and young people everywhere time and time again. She speaks to body positivity and embracing sexuality, as well as the importance of education and being aware of the world around you. She’s a powerhouse feminist figure, and a huge source of inspiration for strong, independent, young millennials who don’t need no manaconda.

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A lot of people seem to think that being a feminist implies being an angry teenage girl who hates men. When in reality, the reason women may be mad is because people keep perpetuating that stereotype! Feminism is not a dirty word, and it doesn’t mean the death of men everywhere. In fact, it means that there has been an inequality, an imbalance, in our society for a very long time, and like all things, that needs to change.

Like most change, it will happen whether you like it or not. So step one? Keep an open mind. Listen to what your peers have to say, and don’t rely solely on the millennial ladies in your life who have an aggressively feminist agenda on Facebook to find out who Dorothy Parker or what patriarchy is. We’ve come a long way since the Seneca Falls Convention, so let’s not allow the world to forget it. Stay loud, stay proud, stay feminist.

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