About the Blog
Not sorry feminism came about from a singular desire to stop being sorry - about my feminism, about my self-expression, about my passion, about my voice, and about my existence. Women have a tendency to apologize for the very things that make up the state of existing. We apologize before voicing and opinion. When we try to get our needs met. When we take up space.
"Sorry, but I think..."
"Sorry, could I have some more blanket?"
"Sorry, but you're standing on my foot."
Enough. No more apologizing for our existence.
The reason we apologize is because we subconsciously know we're doing something we're not supposed to - that is, something considered undesirable by society. And by society, I mean men. Men don't want to hear our voices or share their world. Women are shamed for speaking up and taking up space from a very young age, and so we apologize for it.
Not Sorry Feminism is about refusing to apologize for existing as a woman. It's also about refusing to apologize for being a feminist and fighting to end the oppression of women. It's about refusing to make feminism more comfortable for men, refusing to soften the message or alter language to make it more "palatable."
There will be no "not all men" here.
No "what about the men."
No space made for men and the problems caused by the patriarchal system they built backfiring on them. No hand holding. No cookies.
In this space, I will be frequently calling men out and talking about the things men do to women. "Violence against women" will be referred to as "male violence against women." Men's obsession with the young teenage female form will be referred to as "pedophilia." There will be no mincing of words. This is about brutal, unapologetic honesty. This is about presenting the world as it really is, without apology,
I'm not sorry.
About the Author
My name is Lindsey Weedston. I'm a white, able-bodied, cishet woman who was raised in a middle class setting. These privileges allowed me to attend and graduate college, get my own apartment, and gather the resources necessary to be able to start this blog. I intend this to be a fully-inclusive space that is safe for disabled and neuroatypical women, trans women and non-binary persons, fat women, women of color, lesbian women, bisexual women, pansexual women, asexual women, demisexual women, intersex persons, and anyone else I have privilege over.
Should I ever screw up and say something that makes this a less-than-safe space, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment and I will do my best to rectify the situation as quickly as possible.
Although feminism is my main focus, I will address the following issues in this blog:
- Racism and white supremacy
- LGBTQAIP+ issues
- Asexual erasure
- Awareness of other sexual orientations
- Non-binary gender issues and awareness
- Fat hatred
- Mental health issues, especially anxiety disorders
- Mental illness stigma
- Poverty, classism, capitalism issues and US politics
I will gladly accept guest posts from anyone who struggles with any of these issues. Simply contact me with your idea and we'll go from there. Pitches from thin, able-bodied, white cishet men will be considered on a case-by-case basis.