To be a feminist activist means that when all of the signs seem to point to the fact that the whole world is against you, you keep going. To be a feminist activist means that even when you’re knocked down repeatedly, you get back up and try again. To be a feminist activist means that when your voice is silenced, you speak louder or find another way to get yourself heard.
You see, if feminists were all negative and pessimistic, if we were all buzzkills and killjoys, the movement would cease to exist. The feminist movement is made up of some of the most wonderfully optimistic people you’ll ever meet. While anger and injustice may be the catalysts for our beliefs, if we felt the fight was futile, we wouldn’t take it on day after day. What else but optimism would explain our resilience and our unmatched ability to keep fighting for things that will make the world better, safer, and more equal for everyone? What else but optimism would explain our ability to keep trying to make a difference even when our efforts seem to be in vain?
So when I say I’m a feminist, what I’m also saying is that I’m steadfastly optimistic that we can make the world a better place. I’d have given up long ago if I didn’t. And if that’s your idea of a killjoy, well then I guess that’s what I am. I’d rather be a feminist killjoy any day than someone who’s resigned to the fact that there’s nothing we can do to fight the injustices that we face on a daily basis.