I am a Feminist

A Peacemaking Project by Wren S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

My project will be an animation to show what feminism truly means. Feminism seems to have lost its true meaning with people who haven't explicitly looked up the definition. Feminism often comes with a negative connotation relating to putting women above men, when in fact feminism is about equality for all regardless of gender, race, sexuality, religion, age, or social status. We need to learn what feminism is truly about.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of The ignorance surrounding the true definition of feminism
we will address The true definition of feminism, and why we need it
by Creating an animation that combines many ideas into one

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • To show what feminism truly is
  • To show why we need feminism

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Looking deeper into feminism than just "we want to be equal." I want to answer more in-depth questions like "why do we deserve to be equal?"

How will you show courage?

Many people look down upon feminism because it comes with a connotation that feminists are a) only girls, and b) crazy social justice warriors that cannot see reason. I want to prove that these are not true.

How will you collaborate with others?

I am collecting testimonies from many different people to support my argument. These people are from my direct community and from completely different states.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I will know because I will be making my point clear and known. I will be confident that I am making a difference and helping to improve people's lives.

Key Steps

  • Collect the voice recordings from those who have volunteered
  • Edit the recordings together to make a complete set of audio
  • Pick a color scheme and drawing style
  • Storyboard the rough animation
  • Line art for the animation
  • Color the line art
  • Finalize the visual video
  • Add music, credits, and any other final touches
  • Share the video!

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

I truly understand what being a feminist means to different people. Everyone experiences the world differently and has a different need for feminism.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

Many people people have the wrong idea as to what feminism is. One response I got to me explaining what my project was about was that he wanted to know if it was going to be "the dumb feminism or the okay feminism". I explained that feminism is always about equality and should never be about raising women to be above men.

How many people were impacted by your project?

50

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

So far, I haven't shown my video to many people, so this is an estimate of who has seen it or been directly involved with making it.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

I learned how different people from different backgrounds need feminism for different reasons.

What did your team learn?

I learned the overall necessity for feminism in the world.

What challenges did your team overcome?

I had to explain what feminism was to a lot of people, and had to manage my time correctly.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

I got many people to submit voice recordings about why they are feminists.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

-Time Management -Ask for help -Pick something you are really passionate about

Our Updates:

A Message to any Feminists:

Wren S. 24 February 2018 15:36 Hi! For my project, "I am a Feminist", I need feminists to tell me why they are feminists. If you consider yourself a (true) feminist that wants to help spread the word about what true feminism is, please feel free to contact me about taking part. I need many people!

Thanks,

Wren

Status of Voice Recordings

Wren S. 8 March 2018 22:06 Hello! I thought I'd share a little about how collecting the voice recordings is going. I have collected 17 (18 with my own) recordings. I have had to limit the time for the recordings to 15 seconds, purely so I can make sure I finish this on time. I have a couple more people I'm hoping to hear from, but I am going to start storyboarding either tomorrow or Saturday. 

Where I Am

Wren S. 17 March 2018 15:57 I thought I'd post a quick update on how the project is going. So far I've gotten most of my audio and have started the sketching and storyboarding part of the project. My goal is to have the entire animation (that is about 4 minutes as of right now) storyboarded on the computer by the end of April.

Update - May 14

Wren S. 14 May 2018 13:33 I realized I haven't updated in a while. I've been hard at work and will be finishing the rough animation today and moving forward with the final steps tomorrow.

The Final Product

Wren S. 30 May 2018 13:49 The fin al video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/1aVBQPYg7KI

Comments:

Kelsey T.
9 March 2018 15:14

Hi Wren! That all sounds amazing -- thanks for your thoughtful reply. I think it would be great if you could edit your compassionate insight a bit to make what you are doing a bit clearer to people who see your project page on here, too (as per my feedback above). But it sounds like you are thinking about all the important things regarding diversity and understanding the importance of the injustice as you create the animation. Very excited to see how it turns out! :)  

Wren S.
8 March 2018 22:01

Thank you so much for the feedback. I have a few things I will be saying in addition to everyone else's voices to make sure I am getting the point across. I will be talking about things like the true definition, and I had originally planned on talking about the injustice as well, but friends and family who have submitted a voice recording have completely blown me away with their speeches on the injustice. I decided I would define "feminism", but leave the more in-depth explanation to the people who have submitted a recording.
As for diversity, I have been collecting as diverse as I can get in my short amount of time, and will be including as much diversity in the visuals as I can get.
Thank you, and I am excited to move forward with this project!

Wren  

Kelsey T.
8 March 2018 17:14

Hi Wren! Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
I love how creative this idea is!! What a great idea to share perspectives on what feminism means through creating an animation. I think art is a wonderful way to help other people understand new points of view and I I also love that the aim of your project is to reflect many different points of views and voices. Finally, I really appreciate that you have named that feminism is for everyone -- regardless of their gender!

Things to Consider:
One thing that I think would make your project stronger is to clarify exactly how you are defining the injustice you are working on. In your insight, you've listed that you will "solve the injustice of gender equality" -- but you are actually trying to help create gender equality, right? I'm curious how you would define the injustice you want to change. The way I understand your insight, the injustice you are working on is gender inequality, and one of the root causes is that people do not understand that feminism is about equality for everyone. Is that what you mean, or are you thinking of a more specific injustice? I think being really clear about what you are trying to achieve will help you create the best version of the project -- and help you think about how to measure your impact and know you're going in the right direction. I think it will also be helpful to keep considering the root causes of the injustice as you go-- and WHY people are perpetuating it. Since you've realized that a lot of people dismiss feminism because they don't understand it, I'd encourage you to keep thinking about those people who are part of the problem as you create the video. How can you approach them with compassion as well to make sure that they are open to hearing your point of view?

I love that you mentioned that true feminism needs to be about equality for ALL (regardless of gender, race, sexuality, etc)! With that in mind, I'd encourage you to keep thinking about how to involve as many diverse voices of in your project as possible-- how can you ensure that the voices in the animation represent a wide array of voices? -- including people of color, trans women, people with disabilities, etc. I think diverse voices will make this really powerful!

Here are some other projects working on similar who it might be helpful to reach out to:
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/promoting-gender-equality-my-community
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/overcoming-gender-bias
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/lack-knowledge-regarding-gender-identity-schools
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/racial-and-gender-justice-women-color

Keep up the good work -- so excited to see your animation! Let us know how we can help.  

RaulPF C.
6 March 2018 11:01

Excellent. Look forward to hearing more!  

Wren S.
3 March 2018 18:44

Thank you so much, Raul. I will definitely be filling out the form and moving forward with my animation!

Wren  

RaulPF C.
2 March 2018 10:54

Dear Wren,

Thanks so much for posting this project.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I like the fact that you are trying to combine many voices to make this project happen.

I also like the fact that you have some clear steps.

A way that could potentially improve what you are already planning might be to have some goals that help you know if you are moving in the right direction as well as ways to get more clarity if what you are doing is working.

We have a tool that you can use to develop your goals: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/plan-1-smart-goals

And in terms of indicators to know if you are moving in the right direction, I think it would be great to think about a simple way to ask people about how watching the video changed their perception of the injustice. There are many other ways to do this but this could be a way to ensure the animation is achieving its desired purpose.

I am so looking forward to seeing what the final animation looks like!

Raul