10 Myths And Truths About Feminism
Start writing a post

There are many misconceptions about feminism that you need to stop believing in. Several of these misconceptions come from people you may know, media, and typical feminist stereotypes that actually discredit what it means to be a feminist. In reality, most people who negatively talk about feminism probably don’t have a clue what it means, because if they did they would be proud to be a part of a movement that yes was started by women, but is for everybody. Here are 10 myths and truths about feminism you’ll be proud you finally discovered.

1. Myth: Feminism is for women who hate men

Truth: Umm no, that’s called misandry. Feminism is not anti-male, it is a movement to create social and political change such as the intention to end sexism and sexist oppression and everything that falls underneath that.

2. Myth: Only women can join the movement

Truth: Nope. Feminism needs the collaborative effort and support of men if it wants to make genuine change. The idea of this movement aims at providing equal opportunities to women and supporting it has nothing to do with your gender. So, if you support equal rights and are against concepts like patriarchy or matriarchy, guess what? You’re a feminist too.

3. Myth: Only middle-class white women support feminism

Truth: Although the movement in the 60s and 70s was displayed by a majority of white women in the media, women of color have been a part of the movement since its inception.

4. Myth: Feminism hurts men

Truth: Actually, it helps them. Feminism aims to quash gender roles for women and men. It doesn’t agree with the idea that men should succumb to societal pressures such as being tough, aggressive, unemotional and in control of every aspect in his life. Feminism allows you to be as vulnerable as you want, to express yourself and ultimately gives men freedom too.

5. Myth: Feminism is about gaining power and forming a society ruled by women

Truth: This misconception simply isn’t in the agenda, nor will it ever be. Unfortunately, some people actually believe that if feminism were to take over the world, men would become oppressed. But power and supremacy is not what feminists want. They want equality for all, regardless of race, class, gender and sexual orientation.

6. Myth: Feminists are stuck up, crazy and just angry

Truth: Not all feminists lash out and those that do, that are angry, probably have a good reason. Maybe they’re tired of not being taken seriously. Tired of sexism and being oppressed. Tired of gender inequality. Just like they are capable of speaking up, they are also capable of having a civil discussion.

7. Myth: Male feminists are traitors

Truth: If you are a man and consider yourself a feminist, you are not going against your own gender. You’re simply standing up for what is right, for everyone. Just because you are supporting women’s rights doesn’t make you gay or any less of a man. If anything, you are making it easier for other men who consider joining the movement.

8. Myth: Feminists cannot be feminine

Truth: As long as you identify as being feminine then there is nothing wrong with being stereotypically “feminine.” In fact, feminism is about giving women choices, not limiting their self-expression. Not all feminists are against femininity. What they are against is being told how to behave according to their gender.

9. Myth: Feminists don’t believe in marriage

Truth: Actually, there are plenty of married feminists out there. If there is something they don’t believe in, it is unequal marriages.

10. Myth: There is no point to feminism, we can vote now

Truth: Yes, we can vote now...so what? The patriarchal system still exists and there is still a 23 percent gap in employment opportunities, despite women making up more than half of the population.

Clearly, we still need feminism for many reasons, especially because the number of misconceptions goes beyond this list. That’s why it is essential that people know what feminism is really about, because it should expand itself and be intersectional.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.


The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments