There has never been a better time to be a feminist than right now. With the rise of the Internet, the world is more connected than ever. Millennials and Generation Zers have taken it upon themselves to use the Internet to evolve and subvert traditional notions of feminism. Today’s young feminists are taking back their bodies, thoughts and beauty regimes back from male misogyny and marketing themselves by new, empowering mean—all with the help of social media. Check out three young Internet-based fems that we can’t get enough of.
REWINA G. BESHUE
Rewina G. Beshue is a 22-year-old Ethiopian visual artist from San Francisco who’s already captured the attention of Nylon. As a pro at graphic arts, painting, animation, illustration and video production, Beshue strives to produce art that is based on her life experiences, current interests and culture.
It was only two years ago that Beshue tapped into social media to connect with fellow creatives, and she sure has made her mark. With over 18,000 followers on Instagram, Beshue is also a role model for black girls everywhere. Known for rocking her natural hair and her views on self-love, Beshue has landed herself collaborations with the likes of Urban Outfitters.
From Brazil, Nátaly Neri has style, beauty and a relationship that her followers can’t help but envy. Though she speaks Portuguese, Neri’s Instagram is enough to convey her feminist values to her North American followers. Translated, Neri’s YouTube bio describes her as a “black woman, feminist [who is] in love with [thrifting], sewing, fashion and DIY.”
Recently, Neri took to her YouTube channel to discuss her thoughts on transfeminsm. Dating a transitioning male herself, Neri specifically highlights that all women must respect one another, no matter what their origin story is.
A maturidade(?) me ensinou a não expor os detalhes de meus relacionamentos, por isso são poucos os espaços fora de nós dois em que ficam eternizadas as minha declarações. Já fizeram pouco mais de três anos desde o dia em que decidimos encarar tudo isso, esse amor que se mantém à 471km de distância. Quantas pessoas diferentes já fomos nesse meio tempo? Como crescemos, como vimos as mais variadas faces um do outro né? Diferentes olhares, diferentes abordagens, diferentes fases em tempos diferentes, e cá estamos nós, como se fosse o primeiro mês. Fomos abandonando juntos aquela visão romântica do amor (que ironia), nos reconstruindo todos os dias em plena era da problematização… eu comigo, você contigo, eu contigo e você comigo. Amor é crescimento, desenvolvimento pessoal ao mesmo tempo compartilhado. Amor é uma fidelidade de alma –aconteça o que acontecer, minha alma tá aqui pra sua. Você não é a parte que me falta, não é a coisa no lugar do vazio que me tinha, não é a tampa da minha panela, nem a metade da minha laranja. Você é quem me ajuda a achar as partes perdidas, quem me estimula a querer estar preenchida, quem eu sei que sendo completo, me faz completa. Você é quem me fala todos os dias pra ser mais que uma panela vazia, mais que uma laranja cortada. É você que ao achar os seus pedaços me ensina sobre a vida, me faz mudar de lugar, me afeta, me puxa e me joga de volta. Obrigada por tudo o que me ensinou, obrigada por ter dito sim, obrigada por estar sempre disposto, obrigada por mudar constantemente e me fazer te amar como se ainda fosse a primeira vez e a primeira pessoa.
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Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet, writer, spoken word performer and feminist. Kaur is best known for her book, Milk and Honey, a collection of poetry and prose about survival catered to femininity. With a 4.4/5 star rating on Goodreads, we can guarantee that Milk and Honey is a good read.
In an additional act of feminism, last year, Kaur posted an Instagram photo that generated a lot of controversy. In an innocent attempt to showcase her work from a school project, Kaur received hate for the photo, and Instagram removed the photo posted below from her personal page.
“It was interesting the way people were belittling the experience and the struggle of the period…You won’t go on vacation because of your period, you change your wedding date, it goes everywhere with you and you are in so much pain. Women are hospitalized,” Kaur said.
thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again. i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. pornified. and treated less than human. thank you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ this image is a part of my photoseries project for my visual rhetoric course. you can view the full series at rupikaur.com the photos were shot by myself and @prabhkaur1 (and no. the blood. is not real.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that. but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.
We love these feminists for using social media for more than just selfies and pictures of their Starbucks drinks. Girl Power!