This woman's art professor told her to 'dial down the feminism' and her brilliant response has gone viral
As a woman living in 2018, it's difficult to avoid the topic of feminism. When I open up my Twitter feed, there's usually a thread on why we do, or don't, need feminism in the modern day. Similarly, when I talk to friends and family, they almost always display a mix of opinions on the topic of women's rights and progress. And, lastly, when I read (or write) news stories about misogyny, there's usually a slew of people in the comments section who battle it out to have their thoughts known on the subject.
I'm sorry to break it to the folks that don't think we still need feminism, but we certainly do. Not a single country across the planet has achieved even a 50/50 gender split in their government, the vast majority of nations has never seen a female head of state and the president of the USA has been recorded saying it's fine to just "grab [women] by the p***y".
So, when artist Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes was asked to "dial down the feminism" in her work, she had the perfect response.
Rather than waste her time and energy explaining why she certainly will not be "dialing down" her political opinions (as many of us have done before) the 23-year-old copywriter and creative, took to Twitter to share her latest piece of art - and it did all the talking for her.
And people loved it.
Some people described the young artist as their new hero:
Some used the opportunity to call out mansplainers:
And many other feminists chipped in to offer a "translation" of what Bertulis-Fernandes' teacher really meant:
Of course, there were critical replies, too, with many people accusing Bertulis-Fernandes of unnecessarily politicizing art - clearly not realizing that art has almost always had a political slant. Others also accused the artist of somehow being "anti-men", but that's not what feminism is at all. The movement was started to elevate women to the same level that men have always enjoyed, not to devalue them or - as some people interpret it - to somehow knock them off the top spot.
After receiving literally thousands of comments, tens of thousands of retweets and nearly 200,000 likes in under 24 hours of sharing the image, Bertulis-Fernandes was bowled over by the response.
"Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world," she wrote. "I'm a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone!"
She also mentioned making a commercialized version of the design so that everyone who loved the picture could take it with them and use it to advertise their own "raging feminism". "I'm considering selling prints/t-shirts - just trying to figure out the best way to do this," she said. "Once I do I will share the details here [Twitter]."
It's amazing to see how one person could get their point across so concisely using so few words, and hopefully, the message will reach people who still don't see why feminism is important in the modern day.