The Misinterpretation Of Feminism

The Misinterpretation Of Feminism

Variations in the foundation of the concept have the potential to skew the legitimacy and possibility of feminism being widely accepted and embraced.
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The dictionary definition of the word feminism is “the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.” However, in pop culture and society, people’s perception of the term varies greatly. Some people see feminism as women fighting to be above men, some people believe in fair treatment of women but don’t consider themselves “feminists,” and some women think that all women should be feminists if they believe in equality -- these variations in the foundation of the concept have the potential to skew the legitimacy and possibility of feminism being widely accepted and embraced, which seems to be a problem in modern times.

Many celebrities have voiced their opinions on feminism recently, giving us prime examples of how differently people interpret the notion. Actress Shailene Woodley said in an interview with TIME, “My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy. And ‘this girl did this to me and that girl did that to me.’ And it’s just so silly and heartbreaking in a way.”

In contrast, actress and author Lena Dunham said to Metro UK, "Women saying 'I'm not a feminist' is my greatest pet peeve. Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you're a feminist. People think there is something taboo about speaking up for feminism."

In addition to women's perspectives on the concept, some men have formed feelings about the term as well. Music artist and producer Pharrell stated in an interview with UK's Channel 4 News, "I've been asked, am I a feminist? I don’t think it's possible for me to be that... I'm a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is -- I do support feminists. I do think there's injustices. There are inequalities that need to be addressed."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt released an interesting video on his beliefs regarding the situation, in which he stated, "to me [feminism] just means that your gender doesn't have to define who you are -- that you can be whatever you wanna be, whoever you wanna be, regardless of your gender." He also addressed the perspective that feminism is occasionally seen as "anti-men, or indicate[s] that it was not right for a woman to do things that are traditionally considered the woman's place, like stay home and raise kids." I really enjoyed what Gordon-Levitt had to say because he touched on a lot of points that many people tend to skip over when discussing feminism. Check out the video below.

Essentially, the major problem that arises for the topic are the blurred lines of what the boundaries feminism are; what is it considered to be and what is it considered not to be? What happens to the definition of feminism when one feminist believes in something and another feminist does not? Does this demean the term and make it less applicable due to its inconsistency among those who claim to believe in it? These questions will float around as long as people do not have a set, persistent idea of the concept.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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He might be young, but he's so wise.

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2. When you felt like you were struggling as a parent.

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Your kids love you as a parent. They look up to you and value everything you do! Realistically, you're doing a great job and your kids see it, too.

3. When you felt like quitting.

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You might be an adult, but there's still a force within you to keep you going.

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... then don't do it. Plain and simple. It won't do anyone any good to go after someone for something that really isn't a big deal.

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You have so much to say and share, people will listen, especially if you have good things to say.

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If you're wearing pants and have toilet paper, you're doing a good job being an adult.

10. When you needed encouragement to get up.

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Straight to the point, let's do it. You don't have to do it alone, but you have to do it.

Kid President is the king of good advice. It's all put in simple terms because we don't need to complicate anything anymore.

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