Girl Talk: Defining the modern feminist

I am a proudly proclaimed intersectional feminist. In the hallways of high school, this statement gets a lot of eye rolls. I find myself having to constantly recite the definition of feminism in order for people to understand that feminism isn’t the belief that women are more superior, or that being a feminist automatically makes me less feminine than the next woman.


Merriam-Webster defines the term “feminism” as, “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” However, in today’s popular culture, feminism has morphed into much more. With each Girl Talk article that I produce, I end it with the phrase, “Girl Talk is a platform where we talk about girls, not for girls. Join the conversation.” I believe this statement accurately summarizes many of the preconceived notions that come with the concept of feminism.

One single person cannot fully represent an ideology or movement. Therefore, within my Girl Talk articles, I cannot speak for every girl ever. Additionally, the issues that feminists are involved within don’t just affect girls. In order for gender equality to exist within the modern world, feminism needs to evolve with the times. Additionally, when addressing issues that pertain to society, there are also issues that go beyond the scope of being a female.

Hyper-masculinity, lack of mental health resources, societal pressures; all of these things the majority of teen boys can attest to being familiar with. Despite common belief, intersectional feminism is also working to address those issues. The overall theory of this type of feminism encompasses a variety of different backgrounds.

Intersectional feminism aims to cover a broad spectrum of issues, it cannot possibly represent every important issue that impacts our society. The articles that I produce for Girl Talk are a small portion of the activism and necessary activism that needs to occur.


Girl Talk is a platform where we talk about girls, not for girls. Join the conversation.