Feminism was the word of the year back in 2017. It is still an important word you would hear and see again and again in this present time. This concept has played a huge role in today's politics as many women are fighting for their rights of equality. Feminism is defined as advocating for women's rights for equality. Majority of today's society view feminism as a driving force for a better future of equality, but there are some people who view feminism as a in society. People are annoyed and loathed with how feminists are, which is why I am tackling several stereotypes of feminism. Here are the five stereotypes that lead to people loathing on feminism.
1. Feminists loathe men.
This is really misleading as feminists are actually fighting to become equal like men. Some of them, of course, would actually show their hatred because they are fighting for what they know what is right, which is equality for all. Also, of course, a small portion of them actually loathe men, but this does not represent what feminism it is actually and who feminists are.
2. Feminists dominate men.
Going back to what I mention in the first stereotype, feminists want equality, not dominancy. They do not want to be above men. They want to be equal like them. It looks like some feminists go above and beyond to be best gender, which misleads some people to think they are trying to dominate men, even though they are not.
3. Feminists are loud and obnoxious.
Feminists can be loud so their voice can be heard and they can get their points across and why something is wrong and what we need to do. They are not obnoxious as some people might think. Feminists can be passionate by how they feel about issues like gun control, immigration, and health care for example. They can do it in a professional matter while using the power of their voice to get politicians to listen to them, which is not in an obnoxious matter.
4. Feminists are only women.
Feminists are not only women. Men can also be feminists. Teenagers and children can feminists. Anyone can be a feminist regardless of background. The media stereotyped feminists are only women, which leads to many people to think this way. Everyone who fights for equality for all are feminists.
5. Feminists agree with each other and have the same opinions.
This is not true. Everyone thinks differently, so therefore, feminists are not going to have the same opinions and agree on issues like gun control for example. Some feminists are going to think that more guns should be ban completely while others might think there should just be an increase in background checks and storage safety. Some may think we have to work on mental health issues, which would decrease the amount of shootings from happening. Even with different opinions and disagreements, they all have one common goal: to prevent shootings from happening so everyone would live in peace. Feminists know what is right or wrong. They want everyone to feel safe in their communities and not live their lives in fear.
I believe everyone should be a feminist but I can understand why there would be some people who are so against due to these stereotypes. Remember, every feminist is different. It does not matter if you are Asian, African American, lesbian, asexual, middle class, rich, or anything else. Feminists all come from different backgrounds. Also, remember this, feminists believe equality for not just for women but also for everyone of different race, sexual orientation, and culture.