Let them roar

With polarized views, the definition of feminism has been skewed. However, feminism club wishes to reinstate the message of love and equality through media.

Co President, Miriam Farah, and the feminism club are creating a website that will educate people on feminism, sexual harassment and the struggles of body image. Club members will be writing about modern issues on the blog, but they want outside input as well and are seeking temporary or permanent writers.

“I wanted to start a website to give young, high school feminists a platform to express their opinions and thoughts about the political climate today and other social issues,” Farah said.

Farah believes it can be challenging for high school feminists or any young people to voice themselves.

“Oftentimes our opinions are dismissed because others claim we are too ‘immature,’ we do not understand how things work, we are not knowledgeable and we should just worry about ‘teenager stuff,” Farah said.

Through the club’s website, she hopes to remove these complications and assumptions.

“People frequently do not have a way to express their opinions without any backlash. I want people our age to feel comfortable expressing their opinion and give them the option to voice their thoughts without the judgement,” Farah said.  

The website’s goal is to reach people past Redondo Beach and RUHS as well as connecting activists from the country.

“We want to hear other people’s opinions who come from different socioeconomic background, including those of various races, genders and ethnicities. This includes other people’s perspectives and voices that are often silenced,” Farah said.

The website will touch on the topic of sexual harassment and include womens’ personal experiences.

Farah believes matters like sexual harassment are not taken very seriously in communities.

“Way too often, people do not know the line between compliments and harassment. Because of that, this stuff actually happens and people often dismiss it. They think it does not actually happen at the highschool, or they think that people act way too dramatic,” Farah said.

The stories will likely add a better understanding about the reality of these issues, according to Farah.

“We want people to know that these cases of sexual assault are real, and many people become victims everyday,” Farah said.

Farah  hopes that the stories will allow people to connect and empower them to be proud feminists.

“I want people to be proud that they are feminist. It is not a shameful label; everyone should be a feminist,” Farah said.

Vice President of the feminism club, Kate Ripley, promotes body positivity and self love through her Golden Girls project on the website.

“The purpose was to show people the struggles teenage girls have with body confidence and to teach people whether they are male or female, teenagers or adults, anybody can be taught to love themselves,” Ripley said.

Ripley, like Farah, believes people today are unaware and uneducated on the difficulties girls face.

“There is so much judgment. There is so much to deal with as individuals and as a group in a society. Women receive so much backlash with anything they do,” Ripley said.

Both girls hope the website will take away this judgement and allow for girls to be open and feel safe.

“There are plenty of people who love themselves but nobody tells someone how to do that.  So I wanted to set an example and be the one to do that,” Ripley said.

Farah believes the website will be more effective than social media platforms because people take websites more seriously.

“Students will be able to voice their opinions in a professional and formal manner instead of posting a long caption on social media. A lot of people do not want to read that and think social media is not the place to voice your political opinions,” Farah said.

To make people aware of the website, Farah and other members of the Feminism Club plan to advertise as much as possible.

“We plan on spreading the word through flyers around school, the morning announcements and friends because we want to have writers on our website who are not necessarily in the club,” Farah said.

As part of the website, Farah states how they will be selling affordable feminism shirts.

“The money from the shirts will be used to raise money for girls’ education in third world countries and sexual assault victims,” Farah said.

Club members Cheyenne Franklin and Nicole Javellana are working on making the website appealing for viewers to gain their attention.

“Although it is taking awhile to make, hopefully it will be worth it at the end. We want to be easy to read and convince people to want to join our website as a writer and tell others about it,” Farah said.