I love how liberal our generation is and how we are able to express ourselves much more freely than any generation before us, however there are many instances where we speak without knowing the facts. One issue that I feel many of us discuss without the proper knowledge on is feminism. Now hold on, before you start rolling your eyes and stop reading this post, just know I love my dad and my boyfriend and this is not a post to empower women by putting men down, because that is not what feminism is. I believe there are a lot of misconceptions regarding the term feminism and I hope to clear a few of them up. Feminism by dictionary definition is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men”. Feminism is equality, it’s as simple as that. It is very alarming as to how many men and women don’t truly understand what feminism is. I see posts on the internet of women refusing to call themselves feminists because they “love men”. It’s wonderful that you love men, but if you also love and respect yourself, you would consider yourself a feminist. Because your right to vote, your right to go to school, your right to join the work force, all these rights that we seem to take for granted and disregard we didn’t always have, and they were obtained through feminism. Because women before us were brave enough to stand up and say we are equal and we should be treated as such. All women should consider themselves feminists and frankly so should all men, in doing so you are advocating for equality, telling the world that regardless of gender we all have the same worth.
I’m sure many of you have seen the term “meninist” on social media. This is a term that has been created to mock feminism. It’s saddening to see so many people making a joke out of women fighting for their rights. What I find even more saddening is women referring to themselves as meninists. In doing so you are telling others that you want to be a second class citizen, that you as a woman, are worth less than a man. A large percentage of meninist content found on the internet is extremely misogynistic and ridicules the real issues women still face in today’s society. For anyone who doesn’t know what misogyny is, it is an “ingrained prejudice against women”. What many of us need to realize is that women requesting equality is in no way oppressive to men. All we are asking is for what you already have, nothing more. And for those who feel threatened by a liberated woman, all I can say is that is an issue of your own.