3 Reasons Why It’s Never Too Late to Be a Feminist

Being a feminist is about liberation. No one will know this better than people who discovered feminism later in life. As a 26-year-old wife and mother who became a feminist, I have been haunted by the thought that my feminism is “too late.” Maybe I’m not too old, but I’m already committed to one person and one child for the rest of my life, and I was convinced that this fact would definitely limit my choices and decisions. It often gave me the false impression that it was impossible to change anything for myself and others to achieve a better future. As I thought about this issue, I realized that there is a lot a woman (or man) can do as a feminist, no matter how old they have become.

1) Identify toxic and abusive people.

We do not – and cannot – live alone in this world. Yet, not every society is a good society. Some people appear to be friends or family members who have only your best interests at heart, while sometimes, without knowing it, they ruin your life. Some people can be oppressive and manipulate you into doing what they think is right without regard for how it makes you feel. They hide their obsessive controlling under the name of leadership and it may take too long for you to recognize their lies. It may seem too late, but it is never too late. You are never too old to change your attitude and the way you see people. It’s hard and sometimes impossible, but by being a feminist, you respect yourself more. So if you can’t change people or the way they treat you, the least you can do is change your perception. You can put their words out of your mind and act on your own thoughts instead of theirs. Sometimes, when you are being controlled by an irreplaceable person, such as a parent or the boss of a job you cannot leave, it is enough to know that you are right and they are wrong, instead of continuing to blame and belittle yourself as they do.

2) Change the future

We all have pasts that haunt us. However, if you begin to realize your right to freedom at a late age, it does not mean you are dead. It means you can’t go back and make different choices, but you can still make better choices for years to come. In my case, I may not be able to change who I was and how I thought in my teen years, but I can definitely parent my child better. Sometimes when you come into contact with the concept of feminism late in life, you realize you’ve been a feminist all along. Maybe you didn’t accept it because no one introduced you to it or because someone sabotaged it in your eyes.

3) Raise awareness.

The best thing about getting older is getting wiser. You are no longer the lost person looking for help. You are becoming the help. Therefore, as you grow, you can spread liberation and share your experiences with others. You can use your different view of things to help others, which is the essence of feminism. Remember that feminism is not about you pushing people to make the choices you think are right. It’s about helping them make their own choices.

Being a feminist is about liberation. No one will know this better than people who discovered feminism later in life. As a 26-year-old wife and mother who became a feminist, I have been haunted by the thought that my feminism is “too late.” Maybe I’m not too old, but I’m already committed to one person and one child for the rest of my life, and I was convinced that this fact would definitely limit my choices and decisions. It often gave me the false impression that it was impossible to change anything for myself and others to achieve a better future. As I thought about this issue, I realized that there is a lot a woman (or man) can do as a feminist, no matter how old they have become.

1) Identify toxic and abusive people.

We do not – and cannot – live alone in this world. Yet, not every society is a good society. Some people appear to be friends or family members who have only your best interests at heart, while sometimes, without knowing it, they ruin your life. Some people can be oppressive and manipulate you into doing what they think is right without regard for how it makes you feel. They hide their obsessive controlling under the name of leadership and it may take too long for you to recognize their lies. It may seem too late, but it is never too late. You are never too old to change your attitude and the way you see people. It’s hard and sometimes impossible, but by being a feminist, you respect yourself more. So if you can’t change people or the way they treat you, the least you can do is change your perception. You can put their words out of your mind and act on your own thoughts instead of theirs. Sometimes, when you are being controlled by an irreplaceable person, such as a parent or the boss of a job you cannot leave, it is enough to know that you are right and they are wrong, instead of continuing to blame and belittle yourself as they do.

2) Change the future

We all have pasts that haunt us. However, if you begin to realize your right to freedom at a late age, it does not mean you are dead. It means you can’t go back and make different choices, but you can still make better choices for years to come. In my case, I may not be able to change who I was and how I thought in my teen years, but I can definitely parent my child better. Sometimes when you come into contact with the concept of feminism late in life, you realize you’ve been a feminist all along. Maybe you didn’t accept it because no one introduced you to it or because someone sabotaged it in your eyes.

3) Raise awareness.

The best thing about getting older is getting wiser. You are no longer the lost person looking for help. You are becoming the help. Therefore, as you grow, you can spread liberation and share your experiences with others. You can use your different view of things to help others, which is the essence of feminism. Remember that feminism is not about you pushing people to make the choices you think are right. It’s about helping them make their own choices.

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