Feminism. Defined on google as, “Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.”
Now, lately I’ve had people groan, shake their heads, roll their eyes and stop paying attention when addressing the term feminism, all because of the awful stigma around it. Usually when people think of feminism, they’ll think of women marching down the streets holding big banners and calling out how women should be equal to men or that men are hated. Really, It has nothing to do with man-hating or gender-bending. It’s just female advocacy.
One of my biggest role model’s is Emma Watson. Emma is a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador that represents the HeForShe Campaign. She gave a speech at the UN Headquarters in 2014 and said this, “The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that it has to stop.”
The word “Feminism” is seen as something more unpopular these days and people are afraid to call themselves feminists because of all the misrepresentation presented by radical feminists.
If women are too afraid to use the word, how are men supposed to begin using the word? Misrepresentation has led into the stigma of feminism. Radical feminists have given the word “feminist” a bad reputation because of some of their actions. They represent a radical culture change that lowers men and wants women to be the dominant gender.
This is not what feminism really is, people. Feminism is change. Feminism is equality. Feminism is wanting ALL genders to be equal. And there is so much sexist, gender-stereotyping, negative behavior out in the world, still to this day and we want that to end. Feminism is a choice. To quote Emma Watson, “All we are here to do is give you a choice. If you want to run for prime minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that.”
Bringing up Emma Watson again, she does indeed represent the HeForShe campaign as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Now, this campaign is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of gender equality, initiated by UN. “Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging all genders as agents of change and take action against negative stereotypes and behaviors, faced by people with feminine personalities/genders.” as described on Wikipedia. They fight for a gender equal world and you can support them on their website linked here. For information to take action whether it’s in the education, work, identity, health, violence or politics category, it will be linked here.
Emma had an interview with Buzzfeed in 2017 and said something very important (as always). “We think that we live in a post-feminist society, and we do not. We’re told we don’t need feminism anymore, that we have the vote, that like, we’re all good. And I think, actually, that’s incredibly disconcerting because then, when young women move into the world and they realize, ‘Oh, why am I not being paid the same, why am I being treated differently?’ And they start to blame themselves because they don’t understand that they’re part of a historic pattern, they’re part of a much larger system which is kind of working a little bit against them.”
There’s so much more to say on feminism but that would take me an entire day to write. My point of this post is to let people who think that feminists are only putting men down, really it’s the opposite. It’s wanting all genders to be equal.
Some women get paid less than men and that’s a fact, a proven fact and it shouldn’t be. Everyone should be equal no matter what. Feminism isn’t just about women, it’s about all genders. Gender equality isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s a men’s issue too. Male stereotypes get plastered on men, the same way that female stereotypes get plastered on women. We are all in this together. And with that, i’ll end this off with another inspiring feminism quote. “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” -G.D Anderson.
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