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    14 Women Share The Moment That They First Realized They Were Feminists

    "When I was a child, equality just seemed like common sense to me. As an adult, I realized that this is called feminism."

    BuzzFeed Brazil asked our readers and writers about the moment when they first realized they identified as feminists. Here's what they said:

    Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

    1. "I noticed that because I was a woman, I wasn't considered as much of a soccer fan as the boys."

    2. "The turning point came when I went through my hairstyle transition and stopped straightening my hair."

    3. "I realized that living as I want to is already in itself a feminist stance."

    Luciele Almeida

    "I used to think feminism was overblown — something for an unloved woman with nothing better to do, because MY OH MY, I had a lot of privileges that kept me from seeing its importance in my daily life (I'm a white, cis, straight woman, and I grew up in a well-off and super-harmonious home). It was only when I realized that not all women had the same decision-making power over themselves as I did; and that living life the way I want to is a feminist attitude. Today I feel obligated to fight so that all women have the same freedom that I still have." — Luciele Almeida

    4. "I discovered that all of those feelings of outrage, sadness, and a sense of injustice were my feminism."

    5. "I saw the video 'Don't take off your red lipstick' by JoutJout and realized I was a giant fucking feminist."

    6. "I finally stopped practicing one of the worst things that society and adolescence encourages: female rivalry."

    7. "Only many, many years later, when an anti-street harassment campaign really turned my head around."

    8. "Living around chauvinistic brutes — and quite a few chauvinistic women too."

    9. "Until really late in life, I thought that a feminist couldn't like 'girly' things."

    Reprodução

    "Since I was little, I've been taught that a woman's place is wherever she wants. My role model has been Madonna since I was 11, and it took me a long time to understand that didn't mean I wasn't feminist. Until really late in life, I thought that a feminist couldn't like 'girly' things." Around 2010, I started to read more about it, and I started to understand that being a feminist is to struggle so that every woman can have the life she wants for herself." — Susana Cristalli

    10. "One day it sunk in. Of course being a woman sucks."

    11. "My first college friend walked through the door telling stories about the number of sexual partners she'd had."

    Paula Mascarenhas / Instagram

    "When I moved to São Paulo, my first college friend walked through the door telling stories about the number of sexual partners she'd had. Do you know when a girl from Salvador would openly talk about that? For me as a teenager, who had been the target of gossip and judgment from my friends in the past, this open-mindedness was a huge catalyst in my life. " — Paula Mascarenhas

    12. "When I was a child, equality just seemed like common sense to me. As an adult, I realized that this was called feminism. "

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    "One time at school, I was called out because I was running with the boys on the playground. I was told that I should go play with the girls, who were sitting around doing who knows what. But I wanted to run! Over time, with each interaction with close-minded people, I came to understand that my belief wasn't just common sense, but feminism." — Melissa Barbosa

    13. "The other person replied, 'Yea, she is the mother. It's her responsibility, not his.' And I felt an anger coming from some unknown place."

    14. "I was really outraged when I saw that the song was about a guy complaining that Marina had put on makeup."

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    This post was translated from Portuguese.

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