"Feminism is no longer only available to white, cis-gendered, middle class, able bodied women"
Kat is a Manchester-based women’s life coach and podcaster. Her work is dedicated to empowering women to put themselves first and make more time for their goals! I caught up with Kat on her thoughts & notions of Feminism.
Are you openly a feminist? Definitely. I have a hard working, strong Mum who I looked up to growing up and was also really close with my Nana. I’ve always been surrounded by incredible women and I’m a total girl’s girl. I really started to step into my feminism when I was in college; my first openly feminist teacher was my (male) Film Studies teacher! He opened my eyes to gender stereotypes in society and how they play out in pop culture and it became a huge focus of my studies. I’ve been a proud feminist ever since.
Define Feminism in your own words: Social, political and economic equality, regardless of sex or gender.
Why is Feminism important to you and why do you think it’s important for future generations? I believe feminism is important because it uplifts and empowers future generations by breaking down taboos and barriers created by the patriarchy. A system that is not serving our highest good as a society and upholding dangerous ideals that are hurting human beings.
Have you ever experienced any misconceptions of yourself or friends due to being a feminist/s? I’ve been called out or had to debate with people in my life who believe certain things are doing feminism ‘wrong’ e.g. I love looking after my appearance, I want to be proposed to, I love pole dancing, I want my partner’s jaw to drop when I walk in the room, I don’t condemn plastic surgery in all cases, I support the rights of sex workers and think it should be decriminalised. People can still have a very black and white approach to what a ‘good feminist’ is and what a ‘good feminist’ does (and are very quick to condemn someone) when it’s just not that simple!
A lot of people I talk to about feminism, refer to themselves as a “equalist” I would love to get your thoughts on this. I think...at the end of the day we’re all fighting the good fight and striving for the same or similar outcomes. We need to have more open conversations with people we don’t 100% agree with and seek to understand on either side. It’s the only way anything will change.
What is the one thing at the top of your mind that you feel could change through feminism? I think intersectional feminism and conversations around privilege are shaping future generations at this moment in time. Feminism is no longer only available to white, cis-gendered, middle class, able bodied women. It’s been eye opening for me to listen to other women’s stories and learn how complex and multi-layered oppression can be.
A large part of feminism (in my opinion) is eliminating girl hate and supporting other women, do you agree? And if so, how do you support this? I do agree. One big thing for me is proudly proclaiming myself as a girl’s girl. I gravitate towards women and have such an instant connection with them, it’s why I do the work that I do! For me, it’s all about collaboration and community. A rising tide lifts all ships, and letting go of the comparison we’re taught as girls growing up has liberated many of my female friendships.
What is your favourite feminist quote? I apologise as it’s cringe, but I always grin when I see this one... “What’s your favourite position?” “CEO” :-D
Would you recommend any feminist focussed materials such as books or podcasts that would allow the readers of this interview to discover more about feminism in a positive way? My friend’s incredible podcast Vulva La Revolution (fabulous guests, fabulous name and has taught me A LOT) https://soundcloud.com/user-814848154