“Oh! You are a feminist? So you must think you are superior to men?”- Yes, I go through this conversation every time I say that I am a feminist. People often associate ‘fem’ with female without knowing the actual definition. Recently I saw a debate going on Facebook about “Why do feminists hate men and don’t discuss their issues?”
Going by the definition, feminism is an ideology that demands social, political, and economic equality of all sexes. Which means everyone in this world should have equal rights and opportunities. Hence, feminists are not man-haters.
But it doesn’t mean that you have to be pro-choice or you should work in the office all day. You can still cook for your husband and stay at home and still be a feminist. Feminism is about knowing that cooking and laundry can be done by both the genders. Feminism is about gender equality and getting equal opportunities for both male and female, not demanding extra rights for women. The feminist wave gave rise to different types of feminism such as Marxist, Liberal, Cultural, and Radical Feminism.
In India, Savitribai Phule became the first woman who advocated women’s rights and education by starting the first schools for girls in India in 1848. So it can be said that India was the first country in the world which kindled the light of women’s rights.
Women of states like Gujarat, Haryana, and Assam have been steadily accelerating on the societal ladder, we can say that the feminist movement is paying off quite well. Soon we are moving forward to a time where women will be seen achieving equality in society, but on the other hand, we also see a new breed of women who don’t react to real-world problems and just want a lot of privileges. We know them as pseudo-feminist and they make things worse for the actual feminists who are actually fighting against the patriarchy and the other greater evils of society. This new breed of feminists are young college-going adults who believe that smoking and drinking alcohol makes them equal or even superior in society.
Feminism can be empowering for college students choosing their career paths, without inequality standing in their way but at the same time, people should also know how they are using it. True feminists should focus on topics like equal responsibilities, gender equality, and empowering other women. They should also discuss that gender, sex, and sexuality do not determine humanity.
It is high time that everyone should realize that feminism doesn’t mean making women stronger, but giving equal opportunities to both men and women. Nobody should be ashamed of being called a feminist, even if you are a man.
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