Hello everyone! Before you look at the title and freak out, hang on for one second. I know feminism is a controversial topic, but that's why I want to talk about it today. I understand why it is such a sensitive topic but I wish it wasn't. Today we're going to talk about what feminism is, what the issues are with feminism, and how we can work towards creating a more loving connotation for feminism.
What is feminism? It's such a common word thrown around with a LOT of negative preconceived ideas clinging on to it. I understand where that negativity comes from. There are a lot of people out there that consider themselves "feminists" when they really just think men are the scum of the earth and believe that females are the only ones that deserve life. You know those people I'm talking about? Well if you're opposed to feminism because of them, I honestly can not blame you. But here's the deal: that's not feminism. That's just kind of messed up and totally destroying the reputation feminism has. Merriam-Webster defines feminism as " the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." The key word in there is EQUALITY. Not superior or better or anything besides equal. We should be working for equality as opposed to superiority.
If you have turned away from feminism, I encourage you to give it a second chance. Try to look past people who have made it seem bad and look at what it is truly all about. We want equality. Let's face it: we're not equal yet. I'm not going to overlook all the progress we've made, because it's been monumental, but we're still not there. In many places around the world there is pay difference between the genders, fewer opportunities, less or no access to education, and many issues with sexual assault. I'm not going to specifically dive into those (you probably don't want me to, I could rant for hours), but I wanted to throw out some examples. I believe that women should have every single right that a man has. When discussing feminism with others, some often say, "Women already have equal rights. Feminism doesn't make sense." Although that is incorrect and the rights are not equal, I can see where people are coming from. In the United States, women have excellent rights compared to other countries. If you live in a privileged community it is very easy to see the immense progress we have made, and it really is awesome. But it's not awesome everywhere. Even in other places in the United States there is less equality, not to mention the rest of the 7 billion people who have unequal rights.
I understand the confusion of why we're still fighting for women's rights and having feminist movements in America. If everything around you seems perfectly fine, why should you be worried? I know why I'm worried. I'm worried about the five and a half million girls in Nigeria who don't attend school. I'm concerned that 95% of girls ages 7-16 in Somalia have never even attended school (en.unesco.org). I'm worried about all the girls who miss and possibly drop out if school because they don't have access to the feminine products they need in order to go to school. I'm worried that only 4 out of 188 countries have higher percentages of labour force participation rates in woman than men (hdr.undp.org). These are not statistics that sound equal. But why should we care, right? I care because I care about people. It breaks my heart to see people without the rights they deserve, and I hope it breaks your heart too. I'm going to use my rights to fight for the rights of others. We're all humans, and we should be helping each other, especially us girls! Obviously I can't force beliefs down your throat, but I especially hope that if you're a woman that you're supporting your fellow ladies out there!!
Now if feminism still isn't your thing, remember this: we're all just fighting for equality. We want the same things men want. We were born equals, and we should be treated like them. This is not a big production put on to shame men and prove we're better them. Feminists just want to be treated with respect, which is natural for any human to want. We want to help people. I envision a future where we're all feminists; promoting equality and sharing love to and with our brothers and sisters. Can we make that possible? Yes, we can, so LET'S DO IT!!
Thank you so much for reading! See ya later! <3