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Hi, my name is Rebecca. I am a 17-year-old girl from Canada. I am interested in becoming a feminist but I don't know too much about it. Could you please get back to me?

Thanks for your note to Feminist.com and for your interest in learning more about feminism. As for actually "becoming" a feminist --I think that you are already there. Being a feminist or actively calling oneself a feminist usually comes from knowing that there is much in the world that you want to change--specifically injustices against women--and by identitifying as a feminist you are joining in with thousands of others in this crusade of shared values.

However, there are also more specifc things about being a feminist--which is a sort-of internal commitment that you will live a self-respecting life and therefore your example will be an example for others of what is possible. I hope that all makes sense.

I will also send you some specific information the Third Wave Foundation about feminism--Third Wave is a national (U.S. based) organization that works to get young feminists (between the ages roughly of 15 to 30) more involved socially and politically in their communities. It will give you more ideas about how to go about acting on your feminist instincts.

I hope that helps--you also might want to look through the Feminism section of Ask Amy. From the Q&A's you can get a sense of how other people are being feminists in their own lives. Also, take a look around here at Feminist.com for other ideas and resources. Thanks for writing/visiting - Amy


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