Blog for Thought
September 19, 2016
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Feminism is the belief that both sexes and genders of different race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation deserve political, social and economic equality.
My question is why is this concept so difficult to grasp? Many people struggle with accepting the truth that they themselves are feminists. And others chose to live in their narrow-minded world where God forbid there be a person with different genitals or ethnic background seeking equality.
Thanks to the misconceptions that are associated with feminism the word itself is seen harshly in the eyes of ignorant people. To clarify, Feminism is not built upon the hatred of all men; the appropriate term for that is “Misandry”.
Yes, feminists do speak up for women injustices, but they are also meant to support men who are not treated as equals in society. That is to say not all feminists think this way, which is where we get the bad reputation from.
The stereotypical feminist is classified as a “hairy and angry” woman. There is no specific standard to what a feminist looks like and not all women choose to be a feminist. It is hard to believe, but when you are born with a certain amount of privilege and are not exposed to the hardships others face it is difficult to understand where they are coming from.
No one is going to listen to a person who is yelling and banging on stuff as they explain why an issue needs their attention. I am all for expressing anger towards the injustices that go on, but it is also important to get your point across respectfully without any excessive anger or violence.
Feminists are known to handle situations or issues they are advocating for in an angry way. The different ways feminists take action do not speak for all feminists. Feelings take over one’s actions but it is important that feminists are educating the people, and not belittling them.
Even though first impressions actually matter, everyone is free to dress and present themselves in any way they’d like. Since it is not affecting you in anyway it should not matter. However, if the problem is their body odor, then if that’s the case you can hand them a bar of deodorant.
A true feminist plays a significant role in society because they advocate for the people who can’t talk about the issue including, the little to no education women and children receive in most underdeveloped countries. There is a wide spread of problems that need to be addressed and talked about including gender rules, rape culture, and global women’s rights.
Conclusively, just because you are not being oppressed does not mean you can’t speak up for those who are. Informing others is the best form of pushing the others towards change and reform.