What Feminism Is All About And Why You Need To Care Already
Feminism

What Feminism Is All About And Why You Need To Care Already

If you don't know, it's time to educate yourself.

130
What Feminism Is All About And Why You Need To Care Already

I'm proud to be a feminist. Growing up, I was taught that men and women are equal. That women deserve the same job opportunities as men, that they should be paid the same wage for the same jobs, and that they can perform just as well in the same careers.

In my eyes, feminism just means that you support equality.

I was lucky enough to have good role models growing up, strong women who taught me that I could do anything I wanted. While I do understand that some women come from a different background, it always surprises me when I meet others who just accept the patriarchy.

Lately, I've seen too many posts and articles by women who are proud to NOT be feminists. They say they'll leave the fight for equality to other women, or that they aren't feminist because they don't hate their husbands or want a career. These women seem to think that they can't be stay-at-home moms and fight for gender equality.

I won't pretend that radical feminism doesn't exist. It totally does. There are women who have a twisted view of what feminism is, and it's a view I don't agree with. These women may believe they're better than men, or they're better than women who choose to stay at home and raise their families.

I don't think that, because I know what feminism really is. I've done my research, and I can say that I truly believe everyone should advocate for women's rights. To understand why it's so important, you have to first learn what feminism really is.

Feminism is about EQUALITY.

Merriam-Webster defines feminism as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." That's exactly what true feminism is. It isn't about being better than anyone else but wanting equality. This includes wanting equal opportunities and pay, as well as discarding stereotypical gender roles.

Still not convinced? This article by The Economist sums it up pretty well: "Some skeptics will argue that feminism remains problematic because its true objective is not to achieve equality, but to advantage women at all costs, to the detriment of men…Not so." Where people get confused is that advocating for women's rights doesn't make you a man-hater, it just means you want to have equal opportunities and shatter gender roles. No big deal.

Feminism doesn't mean you have to choose between a home and a career.

Just because you want to have a family doesn't mean you can't be a feminist. One of the common misconceptions about feminism is that you have to choose one or the other — if you choose a lifestyle that follows more traditional gender roles, you can't be "for" feminism.

That's not true. Think about what feminism is about: equality. When women state that they aren't feminist or don't believe in feminism because they want to be homemakers, they're discrediting the work other women are doing. No one said you can't stay at home and raise a family, or that doing so means you can't be an advocate of women's rights. Equality is about breaking gender roles, but that doesn't mean you have to become a CEO instead of a mother. Do both or neither. Just do what you want to do.

Feminism is more than going to rallies.

There's more to feminism than going to women's marches or standing outside clinics with "I Support Planned Parenthood" signs. Not everyone has the resources or the time to go to rallies or marches, and that's okay. That doesn't mean you aren't a feminist, or that you can't support feminist beliefs.

Supporting feminism is easy, and it's something that anyone can do. UN Women has a great list of ways to support gender equality every day. There are little things you can do to be an advocate for women's rights, like educating the next generation. Even something like donating feminine products to a shelter can help — one of the most important things you can do for feminism is support other women, any way you can.

Feminism is something men can (and should) support, too.

Feminism isn't the belief that men are better than women, and it isn't something that only women can support and fight for. Men can — and should — be feminist, and support gender equality. Because there is some confusion over what feminism really is, men may be reluctant to call themselves feminists or support it.

Some ask why it's called feminism and not humanism. While the term feminism may imply to some that it isn't really about equality, the answer is simple. Women are the oppressed gender. Vlogger Steve Shives explained it well: "… females are the gender that is the underprivileged, underserved gender. You attain gender equality by advocating for the rights of the underprivileged gender." True feminism is about equality, not elevating women above men. Men who understand that are important allies in the fight for gender equality because they can lead by example and teach others around them.

Feminism affects every woman, so you might as well help.

Some women who declare they aren't feminists will say they don't need to be because other women are fighting for equal rights. That kind of thinking is ignorant and lazy. Just because others are doing it doesn't mean you can sit back and reap their rewards. As stated above, there are more ways to support feminism than going to marches; being vocal and teaching others, like your children, is a great way to inspire change.

If you decide to just sit back and let others do all the work, there won't be change. Advocating for women's rights is such an important thing to do, even if all you're doing is the simple act of advocating for it. Change only comes if everyone wants it and is willing to make those changes. You don't have to do a lot, but you should at least support the cause.

Hopefully, more people will become educated on what feminism really is, and why it's so important. There's a negative association with the word because of the actions of some but trust me — we just want true equality.

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

Being a pharmacy technician never held as many risks as it does now. Exposure too hazardous conditions were little to none, and garbing up was only conducted in IV compounding. But, now, in order to give nurses the medications they need to help their patients, they need us, pharmacy technicians.

Keep Reading... Show less

TikTok was banned by the president, but Instagram is here with its newest feature called Reel. Many of us are still wondering why TikTok was being banned in the first place. Was it all the dangerous TikTok trends? It was because of a security concern, but not in the way you might think.

TikTok is owned by Dancebyte, which is a China-owned company. Basically, just like any other app, TikTok collects the user's data. The main question to ask yourself when investing in any app or marketing tools who will be owning my data? So yes, China currently owns all the TikTok user's data worldwide.

Keep Reading... Show less
Disney

I've always been a huge Disney villain fan — whether it was for their cryptic one-liners, enviable outfits, or sidekick banter. Some of the most iconic lines from cinematic history have been said by the characters we love to hate and occasionally dress up as once a year.

The fear-mongering Gaston I now find hilariously cringe-worthy is now charming and oftentimes considered by fans as rightfully justified in his actions. Die-hard fans of the Disney villain fan club claim alternate egos in their favorite evil characters, adopting their hilarious witticisms into everyday life.

Keep Reading... Show less

Social media is something many of us have been addicted to (whether we want to believe it or not) since the moment we got it. I remember getting Facebook at 10. Instantly I was hooked. I loved being able to share my life with people, a little too much in my opinion, and I loved being able to see how/what other people were doing all the time.

Keep Reading... Show less

-Having struggled with acne prone skin for years, I was cautious to try a new serum on top of the other products I've come to trust.

Keep Reading... Show less

- I have extremely sensitive skin, which is why I have always resorted to a plant-based organic beauty line such as Radha Beauty.

- Radha Beauty won me over years ago when I was looking for organic skincare brands.

- I was so excited to see they launched a new line incorporating USDA organic rosehip oil, so when their PR team sent me some, I could not have been more thrilled.

- After a week of using the products, my face felt as smooth as a baby's, looked more glowy than ever, and even cured some of my summer sunburn.

Radha Beauty isn't just a best-selling beauty brand on Amazon — it's a USDA-certified organic beauty brand I live by, and anyone who knows me knows I am all about holistic wellness.

Typically, it only takes three days for me to tell if a skin product is working or not because I have extremely sensitive skin. It's also why I have always stuck by plant-based organic beauty lines such as Radha Beauty.

Keep Reading... Show less

I have definitely had my fair share of breakups. I broke up with my high school sweetheart my second semester of college (he was cheating on me), I had a breakup with another guy I thought I was going to marry, and others in between. Regardless of whether you're the one doing the dumping or being dumped, breakups can HURT.

Keep Reading... Show less

I am not in any way any sort of medical expert. These are just some tricks that work for me and have worked for others who also suffer from anxiety. These may not work for everyone, but I do hope these help some people in their fight against anxiety.

Keep Reading... Show less

I have always felt left out because of how I look and who I am. I have always felt like the elephant in the room, literally. I have always been shamed for my size. For the longest time, I cared so much about what I wear and who I wore certain things in front of. I never wanted to wear shirts that would show a lot of my arm, located above my elbow. I wouldn't wear shorts that didn't go to the tip of my knees, at least. I never wore anything remotely tight, where you could see every curve, roll, or imperfection. I was so insecure about myself, and not many of my friends knew.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Your Social Activism May Actually Benefit From A Cleansing Social Media Detox

In the craziest year of our lives, sometimes there's value in taking a break.

We are living through, unequivocally, one of the most dangerous, unstable, chaotic periods of any of our lives. From COVID-19 to crises of police brutality to the mass exploitation of the poor by mega-corporations, the world outside seems to be looking more dystopic every day. What can be done about it? For many, activism involves heavily posting on social media to keep others aware. However, this comes with a net negative cost — increased levels of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness about the state of the world. Why might this be? After all, in past eras activists have endured comparable and greater levels of abuse and relentless torment from oppressors. Why, now, are people getting so easily burnt out?

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments