For some time, the word feminism has come to be synonymous with man-hating and something to be ashamed about. Girls have refrained calling themselves feminists to avoid seeming agressive and stick to the status quo. In her book We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie notes that the word “feminist is so heavy with baggage, negative baggage: you hate men, you hate bras, you hate African culture, you think women should always be in charge…” I decided to name this blog The F Word, to show that there’s no shame in being a feminist and no reason to censor ourselves to placate those who benefit from the patriarchy. Hopefully The F Word can help destigmatize discussions of feminism and be a safe space for feminist ramblings.
Hi! I'm Hughlyn and I come from Hong Kong. I'm a 17-year-old junior at Hotchkiss School. I have been a feminist since middle school and conceptualized gender inequality. I'm part of Bluestockings, the gender equality club at school, and last summer I attended the Women in Leadership program at Brown University. As a teenage Asian girl, there are many topics that I feel "typical" feminist spaces don't discuss and I created this blog as an intersectional and safe area to talk about feminism and other random topics.