Elin Weiss is currently living in Gothenburg, Sweden. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology before deciding that Women’s Studies and feminism was her true calling. Thereafter she completed her Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland and is currently writing for blogs and websites, besides Feminists for Choice, such as The F-Word, XY online, and Metapsychology online reviews. Her main interests include the sexualization of women and stereotypical gender depictions of men and women in media.
What is Feminism?
For me, feminism is a set of theories, values and opinions (often differing) that encourages me to be critical of how women are treated and valued in comparison to men. By implementing feminist ideas and theories I can vocalize the problems I see with stereotypical gender behaviors and expectations and how these can be harmful to how I am viewed as a woman, what I am “supposed” to do, and how I am “supposed” to act as a woman. Feminism critically deals with the notions of violence against women, sexual violence, women’s rights and much more; all subjects that I feel strongly about.
What is Choice?
In my opinion, choice is the right to decide for myself how I want to live my life, how I want to decide over my own body and what is best for me. It is important to be able to make the choices I want without being, in any ways, punished, looked down upon, criticized or ostracized.