Who Needs Feminism?

“Who Needs Feminism” is an awesome project, a branch of which is going on at my school right now.

Who Needs Feminism is a photo campaign, started at Duke University last spring, aimed to start conversations about feminism and its continuing relevance today.

I love that bit about “continuing relevance”. Because it’s my belief that feminism is still very relevant and very important. It’s also my belief that feminism should not be a dirty word, or a scary one. I love this campaign for the way that it brings up so many valid reasons for feminism’s importance in a non-judgemental, unaggressive way. I find it’s such an accessible campaign, it can be read without feeling attacked or blamed. It’s just a wonderful way to get the message across.

I took photos with a few friends last night, and sent them in. Hopefully they’ll be up on the website soon! Until then, take a look at all the other submissions, they’re really wonderful.

Besides the statement in the above photo, I could have said any number of other reasons. Here are some others I was considering:

I need feminism because I pay for cabs instead of walking home, even when I’m totally sober and capable.

I need feminism because only roughly 1/3 of the characters in popular media are female.

I need feminism because there exist subreddits that are devoted to glorifying/fetishizing the beating, raping and even killing of women.

I need feminism because I want there to be more positive female role models in the public eye than there currently are.

I need feminism because women make up only 3/250 top CEOs, 1/22 Canadian Prime Ministers, and 0/44 American Presidents.

I need feminism because I don’t want me or my younger sisters to be held to unreasonable standards of Barbie doll beauty.

I need feminism because I sometimes don’t tell people I’m minoring in Women’s Studies, because I don’t feel like dealing with their looks or questions.

I need feminism because society still preaches “don’t get raped” more than “don’t rape”.

I need feminism because the pay gap still exists! And it is absurd.

I need feminism because people think we don’t need feminism anymore.


Some of those overlap with submissions on the website, but that doesn’t make them any less true! Also – I’d love to hear your answers. Or better yet, take a photo and submit it either to the McGill chapter or the original campaign.

So, why do you need feminism?

5 thoughts on “Who Needs Feminism?”

  1. This is such a great project! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention! I love your sign, as well as all the ones that you could have written but didn’t. I was reading a blog post the other day about all the women who don’t consider themselves feminists, and it just made me sad. Feminism isn’t about hating men or giving women special treatment; it’s about treating just as well as we treat men, and making sure that people can be themselves and not feel like they have to fit into society’s little boxes for what men and women are “supposed” to be. Feminism is a wonderful thing, and I’m looking forward to viewing the rest of the pictures. :)

    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you like the project as much as I do. And the way you describe feminism in your comment is bang-on. :) Thanks for your comment.

  2. I need feminism because after we took our photos yesterday and I directed a friend to the tumblr, he told me

    …And I kid you not…

    That he thought some of the submissions didn’t make sense because rape doesn’t have anything to do with feminism.

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