Women Crossing the Line - August 2012

Fadzai Muparutsa
, Zimbabwe

The F-word, “feminism,” is taboo in some spaces and arouses mistrust and criticism. That was true for Zimbabwean activist and sceptic, Fadzai Muparutsa, who spends her days doing advocacy around the L-word in “LGBTI” – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex. I was suspicious about what feminism was; I didn’t want to admit to myself that I was a feminist because of people’s perception of what feminism stands for. It took time for me to sort through the clutter in my head and arrive at an understanding. Feminism, like any ideology, has those who relate and practice it differently; I found a way to make it work for me.