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It’s Important

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.

 We need feminism because a 15-year-old girl was shot dead in Pakistan for pursuing her right to learn. We need feminism because we teach our daughters not to dress a certain way so they won’t get raped, but we don’t teach our sons that even if a girl is wearing a short skirt she’s still not “asking for it”. We need feminism because in Afghanistan only 12 percent of women are literate. We need feminism because it’s necessary for there to be a “women’s only” section at the gym. We need feminism because every year 15 million young girls around the world are forced into child marriages with older men and deprived of their fundamental rights. We need feminism because there are women getting paid less money than men even though they do the same job. We need feminism because in China newborn baby girls are murdered by their own parents because males are seen as more valuable. We need feminism because although you may be able to speak freely and voice your rights, not all women can. We need feminism, and will continue to need feminism until men and women are seen as equals in every country all over the world.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “It’s Important

    • Daniella says:

      Great writing Alexis. Not to make it more depressing , but it gets worse once you start working with males. Certain men think they are more intelligent and supreme over females….

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  1. J.L says:

    “… 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.”

    Here you stated that feminism is not about putting men down. The problem with that statement is the fact that feminism can not be so easily defined. Not putting men down is a part of YOUR definition of feminism; however, not all feminists see the world in your perspective.

    Read this post written by one of your fellow feminists. She is writing the framework of how her definition of an utopia would work.
    https://witchwind.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/utopia-what-would-a-womens-society-look-like/

    I will highlight a one area where this feminists views may be separated from your views. Please read the linked post as there are many more examples of this.

    “Before we do anything, the very first measure to adopt is to take all men out of all positions of decision-making immediately, and actually out of any kind of social, professional position whatsoever…men would otherwise forever pose a threat to women, children, animals, the earth and society as a whole, and we know they have no chance of ceasing their violent behaviour after having reached such an advanced stage of sadism and sociopathy…All men at least above 15 (or younger if very asocial) should live separately from women and children, on their own in small huts or studios, isolated from one another and scattered around so that women can keep an eye on them”
    — This feminist believes that men are the root of all evil in the world, thus she wants to take away the rights of men and start a matriarchal society. Does that fit your definition of feminism?

    My point is, just as feminism can be defined as “women should have equal rights and opportunities as men- without taking away the rights of men”, feminism can also easily be defined as “men are the root of all evil, taking away men’s rights is the only way to achieve complete freedom of women”. You see, people on the moderate side of feminism call them selves “feminists”, at the same time women on the extreme side of feminism also call themselves “feminists”. This extreme side of feminism is gaining more popularity each day. This is the reason why many women and men do not consider themselves as feminists; not because they do not know what feminism is, but because the definition of the word has changed into something they do not stand for.

    You might say “The author of the post you linked is not a true feminist”, but guess what;
    loving your father and boyfriend would automatically disqualify you as a feminist to the author of the linked post who calls herself a feminist.

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