What is Feminism?
I am a feminist. I know that many people do not know what this word means or they mistake it for something else. Today, it is my goal to help other people understand what it is I am fighting for.
Feminism is the belief in the social, political and economic equality of both genders regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation or ability. Or in simpler form, it is the complete equality between both genders.
Some people would ask, “Isn’t that just gender equality?” Yes, it is gender equality. But then people will ask, “If it is gender equality why are you only focusing on women?” Our focus is on women because women are the ones at a disadvantage. Women are the ones who usually face sexism. Now, don’t come and tell me, “But men face sexism too!” I know that.
Men have more benefits then women do. We don’t want to take away your benefits, we just want to make sure women have those same benefits. Think of it this way, the men have a fully furnished, very nice house. Women do not have a house at all. The women fight for their rights and finally build a house. Now the men have a fully furnished house and women have an empty house. Again, the women fight and they get furniture for their house. Now the men and women are equal right? That’s it. That is all we are trying to do. We don’t want to take anything away from you, we just want to give women the same rights, benefits and everything you have. We want things to be equal.
Again going back to the, “Men face sexism too!” We know that men face sexism as well, and we know it is bad. Feminists work to help men as well. Feminists think that if we can bring equality to women, it will go hand in hand with bringing equality to men. But we have to remember, a problem with society today is that we have made a fight for women’s rights all about men again. What does that say about our society?
I’ll leave you thinking about that today. I hope you understood feminism a bit more. I know that I haven’t even skimmed the surface about what feminism today but I wanted everyone to have a basic understanding of what it is. I’ll be exploring more about feminism is my later posts.
– Little Miss Blogger xoxo