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Feminist Interview Essay

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Feminism is not a popular topic of conversation topic in my family. We’ve debated about LGBT rights, abortion, war, and religion, but somehow, feminism has never come up. I decided to break this cycle by interviewing three generations of Loazers- my grandfather, my father, and my sister. In addition interviewed my maternal grandfather to compare how men of a similar age think about feminism, as well as my friend Jon who is outside of my feminist circle of friends. The first conversation I had was with my sister Lucy, who is 13 years old and goes to a fairly conservative high school. I knew from previous discussions that she is a feminist, but I did not know much about her views beyond that simple fact. When asked to define feminism, she cited the definition Beyonce uses in her 2013 song Flawless, “Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes” and said that many of her friends were first introduced to feminism through that song. I think this supports Rebecca Traister’s argument that pop culture has played a huge part in destigmatizing…show more content…
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