As a recent graduate who double majored in Women’s Studies and English, I thought I was a walking “Feminism 101” book. Friends and family members would ask me my thoughts on the latest news articles, my Women’s studies professors encouraged me to grade for their classes, and everyone knew me as “feminist Alissa.” But deep down, I was the most.insecure.feminist.ever. I sought solace in my pride as a feminist, and used it as a way to identify my entire being.
After graduation, I hoped I would find a job during my gap year off before graduate school. It turned out to be a menacing feat, as my life was slowly consumed by Kardashian reruns (hey, I said I was a feminist but not THE BEST one) and browsing online feminist forums. My long days turned into activities on what I could replace the loss of school with.
The moment I stumbled upon the Facebook Group “Feminist Pinners,” a group dedicated to feminists who use Pinterest, my entire outlook on my year off changed. Did I mention I moved 3000 miles away to live with my boyfriend while he goes to graduate school? I convinced myself that I would keep busy, write, and work on graduate school applications. I also convinced my parents that I am going back to school once the year was over. But the one thing I had become excited over since “the big move” was that I finally had internet folks I could communicate with while my friends back home were busy with school.