The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes, is the definition for Feminism. A feminist is someone who believes that no matter what gender or sex a human is they deserve to be treated equally. It is the social, economic, political equality of sexes.
GOAL OF FEMINISM
Few people misunderstand, that feminists hate men. No! We hate the inequality. The goal of feminism is to challenge the systemic inequalities women face on a daily basis. The goal is not spread hatred towards any gender rather to get equality for all genders.
Feminism changed women’s lives and created new worlds of possibilities for education, empowerment, working women, feminist art, and feminist theory. The goal is simple, let women have the freedom and equality and control over their lives.
How many of us have seen a man taking decisions for a women? In how many countries, women are judged based on their clothing? How many countries believe rape is a women’s fault? The list goes on and on. We need feminism to bring awareness. Women have the capacity to take decision for themselves. They have the right to education.
The other day I read a news, that said, a girl’s education has been put to an end as she was constantly followed by a guy who says he loves her. Now, how can this happen? The concept of catcalling, rape, harassment has become common in our society rather than things that should be normalized.
WHY WE NEED FEMINISM?
Feminists are not angry lesbians who hate men. Feminists do not believe women are better than men, or that women deserve special privileges. They do not believe women are victims.
There are some people who believe that feminism is a thing of the past — that we don’t need it anymore because the patriarchal system no longer exists. We still need feminism because when people get married it is assumed the woman will take the man’s last name. Because when women are assaulted, they are often the ones who feel ashamed.
We still need feminism because we teach women how to prevent rape, instead of teaching people to not view women as objects. Because women are told that walking alone at night makes them “an easy target.”
Feminists are fighting to end the sexual harassment in workplace, sexualexploitation, and everything that makes women unsafe. As well as the adequate punishment of those who perpetrate the abuse. No one should feel unsafe at their place of employment.
‘NOT ALL MEN’ ‘BOYS WILL BE BOYS’ ‘MEN SUFFER TOO’
Not all men? Yes but women feel unsafe. We are raised with advises saying BOYS will be BOYS. “We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case.” We shrink them. Every human being is never and ever superior or has authority over the other.
Men have problems too. Yes! They were raised with ample of advices and tips on how to be manly? A guy can’t cry, wear whatever he wants, expected to be the sole bread earner of the family, there are so many things we as a society expect from men. I believe it’s time to stop and look out for them. Now that doesn’t mean they can’t can’t for themselves. Few are lucky enough to talk, whereas others cannot.
“Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage.”– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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