You’re all a bunch of feminists and don’t even know it.
When I first created the concept for the “The Library“, my initial rationale behind it was not only to provide media consumers with content that exceeds the standard on internet journalism, but to educate people on what it actually means to be a feminist — and to rid the world of the “social media” depiction of them. As someone who identifies as a feminist (I’d like to think I’m more of a lipstick feminista, read Joan from Mad Men, but I’m not that badass), it saddened me to see that there aren’t a lot of men and women who believe in feminism.
We try our best to not bog down on feminist issues here on the site, and I believe it is for fear that we would be seen as just a site dedicated to women’s issues (or like Jezebel, which is just, no). But I saw few things (of course, on twitter) that actually disturbed me, and felt that it was time to break our silence on the issue.
Feminism is belief that women should be treated with the same basic human rights as that of a man. It is also the belief that the system is corrupted to keep a woman below the standard, just because she is a woman.
It dawned on me that most people don’t actually know what a feminist is, or how relevant the fight for women’s rights is to them. So once again, I took to my ever interesting twitter followers to tell me their thoughts on what exactly feminism means to them. Here are some of the responses:
The best response?
Some of the responses were laced with ignorance and jokes, mostly due to the fact that our generation are either afraid to admit that they believe in equal rights due to the negative connotations, or they’d rather stay ignorant on the topic for the sake of a laugh. The common misconception of a feminism is that it is synonymous with hating the male sex or that we want to be treated EXACTLY how a man is treated. This couldn’t be further from truth. There are plenty of feminists who believe in gender roles, as well as being independent and wanting to feel equal to a man. Women wanting to be more liberated and free from the patriarchal beliefs of suppression is what the fight is all about, and the original message seems have been lost in translation over the last couple of decades.
I challenge you all in the next coming days to do some research on the topic of feminism, and don’t be afraid to call yourself one, whether you’re a man or a woman. Not every woman that identifies as a feminists hates men or is bitter towards them, and any woman who says that in the name of “feminism” is uneducated on the subject and should therefore, not be trusted. And women, I challenge you to say that you are indeed a feminist, because most of you are. The 2014 woman is one of strength and liberation, and does not fit into the once popular form of a male dominated society, nor the degradation of women.
At the end of the day, there is no magic formula or cookie cutter definition as to what a feminist is. There are indefinite levels to feminism, and anyone can identify as such. Can you be a feminist and still believe in gender roles? Absolutely. Do you have to not wear deodorant and not shave your legs in order to be a feminist? Absolutely not. There are extremities in any fight for liberty, just because a minority of the women’s rights campaign fight in a more rebellious fashion, it doesn’t mean that you should shame those who just want justice for women.
End your reservations, delete the “social media trend” of bashing women and their values, pick up a book, and learn something about the equal rights movements. Then and only then do you reserve the right to talk about it.
Until then, I’ll leave you with this word to ponder for the weekend.