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I am a feminist but I did not know it I believe in women having equal right and opportunities to those of men and I hope some time in my lifetime women will hold an equal place in society Three months ago I would have told you the color pink flowers pretty jewelry high heel shoes skirts and cute shirts were feminine I was aware of oppression but it was hard to see how it specifically affected me I knew was I somehow qualified for different scholarships for women only and in some way the admissions department thought I was a minority but I never thought twice about this The reality is that women are not equal that is why these things are in place A society dominated by men has created images we are all supposed to fit into images that hold women back in our fight to equality and images that serve mens wants and fantasy To not fit into these images is a crime punished by rejection cruel jokes humiliation and to be outcast in mainstream society I now see how oppressed women really are and how I have directly dealt with the issues associated with anti-feminism I used to put up with a relationship where I was treated as less than equal My partner believes in male privilege that he is automatically better than me because he was born a man He made me feel guilty about things that I had nothing to do with If he had a bad day at work it was my fault somehow He also saw himself as master of the castle I would do nice things like his laundry and dishes but he began to expect it these became no longer just nice gestures At the time I took the criticism felt bad about myself and I felt like I must be doing something wrong I now realize it was not me at all but
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