Hey, There Is No Shame In Calling Yourself A Feminist, You Know
Start writing a post
Politics

Hey, There Is No Shame In Calling Yourself A Feminist, You Know

Please, stop being scared to call yourself a feminist.

49
Hey, There Is No Shame In Calling Yourself A Feminist, You Know
Flickr

Feminism. The dirty F-word. Synonymous with man-hating, unshaven armpits, and masculine women.

It seems that many people are afraid to coin themselves "feminists" because they are afraid of being associated with a stigma. They are worried that they will be thought of as hating men, or not being allowed to wear makeup. They are afraid of being radical individuals. And because of this, even if they believe women and men should have equal rights and equal opportunity, they don't want to be associated with this term.

But, when and why did feminism become synonymous with these things, when all it is discussing is the fight for equal rights. Oxford dictionary defines feminism as "the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes."

No where does the definition of feminism mean hating men, or being forced to dress in socially typical anti-women clothing. The definition also doesn't mean that you have to be a woman to be a feminist, or that you have to be a radical individual.

All the definition of feminism means is that as a feminist one is calling for women's rights because one believes that men and women should be equal. It is not asking individuals to hate another sex to be equal, no where is there a dress code, or hygiene manual. All feminism is doing, and all anyone who calls himself a feminist is doing, is stating that one should not be discriminated against simply because of their sex, and therefore women need to have equal rights.

With this full knowledge of the definition of feminism, there should be no reason that one should not call himself or herself a feminist. We have proven that feminism is not about hating anyone else, and we've proven that there is nothing one has to do, be, or look like to be a feminist. Therefore, everyone should ascribe to this term. We have determined that there is no standard type of feminist. A feminist can be any race, can be loud or shy, can understand politics or not. None of those things matter, as long as an individual believes any gender should be equal, and that since genders are not equal women's rights are needed, is a feminist.

While some people say they are afraid of labels, and other's say that don't join groups. Other's say they don't think they are the type to be a feminist, and other's say they do believe in equal rights for the sexes but they just don't want to call themselves a feminist, why?

For the anti-label individuals, one cannot go throughout life without ascribing to labels. The common label that we all share is being human. If one does not ascribe to that label, perhaps you ascribe to being 'brown-eyed' or a 'brunette'. Either way, there is a label in your life to which you will ascribe. If you believe in a cause then ascribing to a label is not a problem. Individuals say they don't want to associate themselves with feminism because of radical or wrong things feminists have done. But humans have done many wrong things, and the vast majority of us on this Earth still call ourselves humans. Therefore, a label is not something to be afraid of.

If you believe men and women, and anyone who identifies as anything else, should have equal opportunity, and rights. That everyone, with the same job qualification, should get paid the same way for the same job. That everyone should be treated the same way in the work place or the same classroom. That everyone should feel the same amount of safe when walking on a street, no matter what sex they happen to be. Well, then you are a feminist.

This does not mean that you have to start protesting at street corners the second after you read this, and it does not mean that you have to scream it from every rooftop you can find. But, please don't shy away from a label, simply because you don't think you are the type. Please, don't be afraid to call yourself a feminist.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Ronny Salerno

This feeling hurts. I must declare

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

10 Holiday Drinks to Spice Up this December's Movie Binge

After all, isn't it the season of drinking...?

1348
10 Holiday Drinks to Spice Up this December's Movie Binge
https://unsplash.com/photos/d-SeLxF_QF0

Thanksgiving has officially ended which means we are in preparation for the final holidays of the year. December is a busy month, filled with shopping and sales, wrapping gifts, planning family gathering and parties, cooking and baking, holiday movies, and of course, lots of drinking. I know that I will be spending a lot of December watching the ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas,

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Planning Another Christmas Party

Don't just plan another plain party but get creative to have everyone wanting to come back next year!

9977
Getty Famous

You know it's Christmas when the radio stations change to all of your favorite holiday tunes, the air is still, and stores have the best sales. With all my favorite things from Christmas happening my least favorite probably has to be when I have to go to another same old boring Christmas party that I get invited to every year. Here are some Christmas party ideas so that you won't have another sad Christmas party.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

High School Soccer is Wildly Important

For Young Players Who Want to Succeed at The Next Level

14681
High School Soccer is Wildly Important

Whose choice is it? The parent? The player? There are a number of reasons that a kid may sit out of high school soccer, and to be completely honest; It is a huge mistake. High school soccer is the final piece in the puzzle that takes a player from above average or elite, to college ready by the end of their senior year. Every year thousands of talented athletes don't play for their high schools. Why though?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List

December is around the corner, are you ready?

11288
8 Things That Should Be On Everyone's Holiday To-Do List
Unsplash.com

As they tend to say, its the most wonderful time of the year! People have begun to compile their Christmas to-do lists in anticipation for the season of sugarplums and gingerbread.

The history of the Christmas to-do lists goes back hundreds of years, almost as old as the holiday itself, however, people tend to fall out of this habit as they get older. This is unfortunate, as the theme of Christmas tradition can add bundles of the spirit of joy to your families.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments