The fine line between Feminism and anti-feminism

Sheपोर्टर

Sheपोर्टर (Rashmi Singh): There seems to be confusion about the definition of feminism. Feminism is not the hatred towards men. The point of feminism is not to discriminate against men. It is not a movement to discourage men. Feminism is not a movement plotting to pull all men out of power. It is not a movement to promote women superiority. Then what Feminism is?

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Feminism is for everyone. Feminism is about giving women choice. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. Many are turned off by the term Feminism.

The definition is very simple:

Equal opportunity for women and have been intellectual equals to men. Any definition of feminism that removes ‘women’ or ‘patriarchy’ is inaccurate and is pandering to the idea that male rule doesn’t exist; such definitions erase the willful oppression of women by men.Just because a person does not feel first-hand the unequal opportunity for women, this does not mean the movement should not exist. If a person doesn’t see unequal opportunity, this doesn’t mean the misogyny isn’t real.

Modern feminism has been reconstructed through individualistic rhetoric which largely ignores the social constraints of male rule. Feminism is not about making women, or men, comfortable within the current structure of male rule, nor do we need to centre men in our movement.

“What feminism is:

The call for woman and men to be treated equally.

What feminism is NOT:

Saying women are better than men and men don’t deserve the attention women do.

“If you don’t understand the meaning of feminism, please, stop and educate yourself.”

It’s about equality. When feminism is defined as becoming equal to men, it is a clear admission that men are the default by which we ought to measure ourselves, and therefore, no longer feminism at all.

Instead of saying, “Women can do anything a man can do,” we ought to recognize that women can do amazing things men can never do.

Feminists are just man-haters?

I’ve seen countless times women expressing that they do not “need” feminism because they are not “man-haters” or not a “lesbian”. It is so saddening for multiple reasons, men and women are so ill informed that they believe this is what feminism means, they might have been around people that claim to be feminists and are actually using the movement to promote their misandry, and the main complaint: feminists are just man-haters.

“The feminism I support is a full-on revolution. Where women are not simply allowed to participate in the world as it already exists … but are actively able to reshape it”

Women in society:

What everybody has accepted is the idea of equality feminism. It will change nothing. Women are drawing level with men in this profoundly destructive world that we live in and, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the wrong way. We’re getting nowhere.  Women needed to aim higher and achieve more than simply drawing level with men and entering into traditionally male-dominated fields. Society is what makes us.

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The use of the term “women’s issues” indicates we are still seen as such, as our presumed concerns are not universal. Feminism should be about ensuring we have the same power as men, so the question is whether women can equally set agendas and determine what matters.

If we are not advocating for the women whose realities do not look or feel like our own, then we are unequivocally a part of the problem.

Is feminism a misunderstood term?

I think feminism is a misunderstood term. Many people who berate feminism and slander feminists don’t really know anything about the history of feminist movement or its philosophy. They’ve picked up the sensational bits like bra burning from conversations. They have heard terms like ‘feminazi’, seen internet memes deriding the movement, possibly heard family members lamenting about fake dowry cases (which also happens and are a reality); and they think that is what feminism is all about in entirety.

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Countless men and women in the public eye are proud feminists. Actors Forrest Whittaker, Lena Dunham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Amy Poehler, Matt Damon, Beyoncé, just to name a few are very involved with this movement.

I preach and practice feminism. I really understand the true meaning of it. Here I empower women, I respect your choices and discussion that you deserve. No matter what you do people will have something to say.  So you better keep going and do what you love doing.

Because this is how change happens when we commit to making it.

 

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