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Clover Poetry Series: On Being Feminist *and* a Republican

Clover Poetry Series: On Being Feminist *and* a Republican

I feel like I've been marginalized by being a Republican and a Christian. When I tell people I am, they get defensive, as though I'm going to look down on them for believing something different. I think that you're entitled to those beliefs, but I too am entitled to mine.

They assume I'm a hater, a racist, or a sexist. They think I'm afraid of Muslims or anyone in the LGBTQ+ community. But I'm a feminist. I respect people for who they are and try to leave my preconceived notions at the door. One of my good friends from high school is a black Muslim girl who was savage and hilarious and equally as nerdy as me. Another friend is gay, but he's also strong and talented and someone I consider myself lucky to know.

I wish people wouldn't assume all these things about me. I'm not a label, or a category, or a stereotype. I'm not a demographic. I'm a girl who will stand firm in what she believes, because that's how I was raised.

I'm not happy about this election, either. It hasn't been easy for any of us, but I want to let you know that I'm standing with you, not opposite you, not against you. With you.

That's what being a Republican feminist is like, at least for me.

I'm not a girl who "does both." I'm a girl who does what she wants and believes what she wants. And I'm still learning to be secure in myself. But then again, who isn't?

Get a Girl Who Can Do Both

"Get a girl who can do both"
That's what they all say
But do they mean it?

I'm a girl who can do many
Art student, astronomy nerd, Christian
Republican, feminist, conflicted

Sometimes you feel ashamed if you do both
Like one can't support the other
No matter how hard you try to hide it

Sometimes you feel confused if you do both
They want us to choose one or the other
But they want us to do both...?

Doing both can pull at you, tear at you
A spiritual, mental tug of war
But both can't win if the rope snaps

You should be confident in doing both
I'm still learning, but that's okay
Girls who can do both can't win every day

"Get a girl who can do both"
That's what they all say
But do they mean it?

By Kathleen Anderson, 17

 

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