No, it’s not what you’re thinking about but nice guess. I’m talking about ‘Feminism’. Ah, feminism. Majority would often think of a grumpy old lady who has about 60 cats, hates wearing a bra, and refuses to hear the opinions of men. I hate to break it to those who believe the stereotype, but most feminists are not that way. Sure, some feminists may be radical, but that’s no big deal and honey, it’s their choice.
Nevertheless, the common misapprehension of this nature frustrates me even though I’m not someone who wants to pursue a career in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. It’s just that this stereotype causes me to be slightly irritated when the public makes erroneous statements about certain issues. Weeks ago, as I was enjoying a cup of coffee near the field, this particular topic came up among a group of students there. Naturally, I heard the word and automatically became alert. I thought that perhaps I would hear some intelligent insight on it. I have never been so wrong in my entire life. Instead, I heard a bunch of ignorance spew out of multiple individuals’ mouths. Appalled, I decided it would be best if I remained silent.
If you’re wondering what was said. Well, those who spoke up decided to say that feminism “was not progressing and not needed.” Oh, and they also decided to add that the movement was “exclusive to Caucasian women." Wow, I was stunned. I just sat and listened everything they had to say. I could’ve walked away but I decided to calm down. What in tarnation have they been living in? Have they not been keeping up with the news? Obviously, ignorance really is a wide spread these days.
Let me get this across first. Feminism is forever advancing. The first wave, feminists were fighting for women’s voting rights and succeeded. The second wave, they helped women in acquiring spots in the work force. The third wave, they have been fighting multiple battles, such as pushing for equal pay among different sexes, women’s right to their own body, and social freedom for women who live in countries that are extremely misogynistic and patriarchal. The definition of feminism does vary; some say that it is the theory of political, social, and financial equality between the sexes, while others have broadened the definition to also include those of the LGBTQ community. No matter what the definition may be, the main focus is still equality. The feminist ideology is not that women should be “above” men; it is that they should both share equal privileges.
The feminist ideology is not that women should be “above” men; it is that they should both share equal privileges.
The true catch here is that the majority of the people involved in making these inflammatory comments were women. Do they not realize that these people, whom they labeled as unimportant, are the reason they have the social benefits they do today? If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to vote. Women in politics would likely not exist, or maybe exist in only small numbers. Basically, women would still be stuck in the Dark Ages of social equality. I wouldn’t say that feminism does not have a long way to go with some issues, but it is making progress. Every day, small changes are made that allow for steps forward. Yes, I am a feminist and always will be. Hopefully down the road, others, who are not as knowledgeable, will gain enough understanding to this term, open their minds and be able to say the same.
By Serena Lynn