Feminism

I’m a proud feminist.

There, I said it.

Now, I know what’s up in your mind. I must really hate men, and I must be one of those crazy girls who refuse to wear bras and do their eyebrows. Well, grow up. There is so much more to the term “feminism” than most of us even consider.

To start with, feminism is not synonymous with man-hating. I will respect every person who deserves my respect, and that is the only criteria. I will hate you only if you’re a person who believes having testosterone and a penis makes a human being superior to all others who don’t.

Second, being a feminist does not mean we stop being rational. All we advocate is, our body, our rules. Freedom is equal for all, and therefore a woman should be able to choose what she wants in her life. She must have the right to live her life on her terms and not be ridiculed and outcast for it. I’m not saying she can go murder someone and go scot-free, but that as long as she doesn’t harm others, she should be good to go. Thinking out loud, if her not doing her eyebrows “hurts your eyes” I think you deserve to live in pain anyways.

Third, feminism doesn’t fight only for women. We stand for all men who are affected by the patriarchal set of social norms and roles. Feminists believe that the baby boy who suffers trauma when he watches his father hit his mom deserves better. Feminists believe that the man who loves fine arts more than sports has all the right to choose his passion. Feminists believe that the husband who likes to change his baby’s diapers should be free to do so without being judged as being effeminate.

What I am trying to say here is, feminism doesn’t mean hate and being radical. It means just knowing that as a woman, we’re not better or worse than anyone. That human rights are not only meant for “man” but for all of homo sapiens. That our voice is just as important as a man’s, and we cannot be dictated by anyone.

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18 thoughts on “Feminism

  1. Well said. I think it’s important for us to speak out about what feminism really is, because it seems like there have been a lot of misconception lately. People seem to think that feminism is “bad.” It’s time we change people’s ideas of what feminism is and prove that it’s simply asking for equality between the genders.

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      1. I agree. It’s disappointing to me that feminism has become this debate in the media and online. “What is feminism? Do we need it? Are feminists crazy? Is it okay to say you’re a feminist? Which celebrities have ‘come out’ as feminists?” It’s all just ridiculous to me. Feminism is about equality, not radical behaviors like some people think.

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      2. Thank God someone understands. I see so many people, females even, question feminism. The ones who think they’re strong and independent raise their brows when I identify myself as a feminist. It’s not like feminists are demanding to abolish rights of men, but only equality. How difficult is that? I don’t hear people advocating for child or minority rights beings ostracised!

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      3. It’s so disappointing, isn’t it? I just don’t understand why more people don’t support feminism. It’s just become so misunderstood, and people should be educated about what feminism truly is.

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      4. I’m glad to hear it’s not going to stop you! For me, it’s seemed to cause quite a few debates on my blog from people who don’t agree or understand feminism. But at the same time, I have seen a lot of fellow feminists who offer their words of wisdom.

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      5. Yes, I got into a debate with a fellow twitter user just yesterday. The fellow didn’t agree but wasn’t rude unlike many others.

        And it’s so good to see people finally raising their voices against these patriarchal notions and standing up for feminism, irrespective of their own sex. Gives me some hope.

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      6. It gives me hope as well to hear more people speaking up about the issues our society faces.

        That’s good the person you were debating with wasn’t rude. I’ve encountered rude people and some who are civil.

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