Where are you from?
Orlando, FL, currently living in Chicago, IL
How do you like to spend your time?
Traveling and going to shows (or traveling to go to shows).
What’s your story?
I'm a first-generation Iranian-American. I grew up in a very cookie-cutter town, which made me super insecure as a young girl. As stupid as this sounds, it was mostly because I had darker hair, darker skin, and looked "different" than my friends. I was also a Middle Eastern pre-teen girl, starting middle school right when 9/11 happened. Middle school is already prime bullying time, so you can imagine the ignorant remarks I was subjected to about my own physical appearance throughout the years. It took me a long time to feel secure and appreciate who I am. As I've gotten older, I've become really proud of my differences.
On a different and more recent note, I now work in the music industry in Chicago, IL and have recently helped start a local Women In Music group. There is so much blatant sexism in the music industry (well.. every industry, really). Our group aims to create a support network of feminists in the music scene through monthly meetups and discussions. The goal is to accelerate gender equality and empower one another to become leaders in a totally male-dominated field.
What is feminism?
To me, it means treating women equal to men. Nothing outrageous, just an equality that we're supposed to be born with. It's supporting and celebrating the equality of women in all areas of life--in media, the workplace, and day to day life. It's also acknowledging that women are powerful and badass, and that even men would not physically be here today without women.
What does "Feminist as Fuck" mean?
It means pride and confidence! It also means supporting womens rights and demanding that boys and girls are raised the same way. It's the best feeling ever.
What feminist topics are most important to you?
Definitely abortion. Although I haven't personally had one, it's such a blatant issue of men controlling women's rights and access to healthcare. And on a very basic level, men trying to control something that they literally do not know anything about. It also blows my mind that there are so many "pro-lifers" actively destroying abortion clinics, and murdering health professionals who are providing health services to women. I don't understand how people can justify killing in an effort to protect life. So contradicting.