-verb; to choose
I’m an 19 year old cis-female from Canada. In first year university, planning on studying social sciences (primarily gender studies) and going into law afterward.
While I am technically a baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic (I haven’t formally renounced my ties to the church), I identify as agnostic, with interest in existentialist philosophy. I attended Catholic school from kindergarten up til grade 12, and while I regret not switching to a public high school, I appreciate that it has also given me first-hand insight into just how closed-minded and hypocritical religion (or, rather, those who practice it) can be, particularly when in positions of power. I believe that there may be some higher being out there, or that something could happen to our energy when we die. However, I don’t count on any of it to bring my happiness, fulfillment or closer to any of my goals in life; I am the sole person who holds responsibility for that.
I identify as a feminist (though beginning to lean more towards feminist ally), but in the literal meaning of the original movement as it applies to the context of modern culture (gender equality—of all gender identities, not just male and female), as opposed the (alleged) appropriation of the term to mean “female supremacist”. I believe in equal rights as well as equal punishment. I am pro-choice through to my core; I believe that full bodily autonomy is (and should be respected as) an inalienable human right.
I am happy to be an ally to all gender and sexual identities if they wish to have me, and I’m working to learn as much as I can about all of the identities that are out there as to not exclude any of their voices from conversation or issues at hand. I fully support their fight for rights and against discrimination, and I’m sure I will end up discussing them here and there, but I’m going to do my level best to use their quotes and reflect on them; I don’t want to speak for them, or overpower their voices with my own.
Over the past couple of years, the community here on Tumblr has taught me an unbelievable amount about equality, tolerance, privilege and has greatly helped me to continue to develop my own beliefs and ethics. I’m looking forward to taking part in these conversations.