feminism: equality not superiority

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  “Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women, It’s about freedom It’s about liberation it’s about equality ”

EMMA WATSON

Feminism, a word every narrow-minded person fear. why? is it because of their narrow-minded attitude or misunderstanding of what it actually is? “Feminism is wrong “., “Feminism is men-hating”. “Feminism is blah blah blah”. This is a  rumor or opinion of haters that we hear in our society. Feminism is considered a sin by our society.  Being a feminist is neither a sin nor is it about man-hating.   Then What Is feminism actually ?? why is it important?

View of society on feminism

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 ” Feminism is not about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives their strength ” G.D Anderson

 There exist a common belief in a society that women are meant to be a wife, a mother whose only duty is to nurture her family. Not everyone in our society can grasp the concept of women having equal opportunity just like men.  So  Feminism is viewed as gender superiority by society.

       The societal definition of feminism is the superiority of women. Which is far from what feminism actually is. This misunderstanding was developed due to two reasons. One because of  the word feminism as the name of the movement. Another due to the meaning is given by narrow-minded haters.

What is feminism?

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“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity  of women and men “Gloria Steinem

     Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes. This is Wikipedia’s definition of feminism.

    Feminism isn’t man-hating or women being superior.  IT  aims for gender equality. As Emma Watson said ” both men and women should feel free to be sensitive, Both men and women should feel free to be strong. “.This is what feminism is, not gender superiority.

  Feminism aims at equality. which provides the right for men to be sensitive without being ridiculed and for women to be strong without everyone trying to suppress them.

Feminism: word origin and meaning

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Meaning : feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes., /ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m, noun: feminism

The word feminism was originated from the French word féminisme. The word femme in French means woman. The name feminism for an equality movement is another reason why people show reluctancy towards feminism. The word gives out a wrong definition that the movement is about only women. But at the beginning of this movement, they were fighting for women’s rights.  But now the concept of the movement is equality, it should have more value than the name.

Just like Maisie  Williams said ” I feel like we should stop calling feminist “feminist ” and just start calling people who aren’t feminist ‘sexist’.you are either a normal person or a sexist .”

Men in feminism

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Feminism is not about man-hating or making men inferior. It is about equality, equal rights, and duties disregarding their gender. Feminism provides men with the freedom to cry or be emotional without being ridiculed by society. Feminism frees men from pretending to not be emotional to meet the societal status masculinity.

 And it is a societal rule that a man should earn to look after his family. But feminism means equality in rights as well as duty. In conclusion, feminism means freeing men from the societal expectations of masculinity.

Feminism also aims to grant men equality in opportunity, as we can see in our society in certain fields women are given priority, such as education and job. As a feminist, I am against these priorities given to women. Feminism also aims to grant equality for men before the judiciary. Feminism also includes supporting men who were a victim of harassment and provide them justice, which they don’t really receive nowadays either.so feminism is both beneficial for men and women.

Importance of feminism in the developing world 

For a developing world, it requires contribution from all, disregarding gender differences. For a nation to attain full development of gender equality, equality in opportunity should also exist. Utilizing the talent of all will lead a nation to greatness. 

Feminism is required to provide a safe and secure life to women, just like men. As we know every victim of sexual harassment is blamed for their clothes or their body, instead of blaming the one who did it, society blames the victim. Feminism provides security and justice to every woman who was a victim of these harassments. Feminism also includes supporting men who were a victim of harassment and provide them justice, which they don’t really receive nowadays either. So the importance of feminism in this developing world is crucial.

Feminism means equality , not only equality in opportunity, but also in  front of law and society . As a feminist I am against giving extra consideration for women in any field , education and work included .I believe women and men should be given consideration in every field .  Feminism is equality hence I believe everything is to be equal .

It is time for us to change the world by establishing gender equality. when we consider what feminism actually is, we can come to a conclusion that all of us are feminists, either knowingly or unknowingly. As Emma Watson said ” If you stand for equality, then you are a feminist, sorry to tell you. ” 

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