Feminism can be a scary topic to delve into for some people, even in this day and age. Even those of us who consider ourselves full-fledged feminists can get flustered at times (or frustrated) when trying to to explain feminism to friends who may be non believers, or who just want a little more information.
I’ve run into my fair share of ignorant souls over the years (this comes with the territory of living in a very small town for ten years), and believe me when I say, I know how hard it can be to keep your cool and calmly discuss the effects of sexism and importance of feminism in the world. Some people are combative, some people are unwilling to listen, some people don’t believe in feminism... the list goes on, making the struggle very real. It's easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment and lose your mind trying to explain a concept as simple as equality to someone, but trust me, it happens.
Even with the likes of Beyonce, Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, Matt McGorry, and other famous feminist favorites (say that five times fast) in your pocket — it's good to have a backup plan and a few self affirmations ready for when the going gets tough. If you find yourself in a conversation about feminism with your friends, try to keep these nine tips in mind to make the conversation flow more smoothy.