“There was a time when women activists asked me to stand up for their rights. But this time we will do it by ourselves.” – Malala Yousafzai
“You’re a female ! Are you a Feminist?”
This is one of the common perception, isn’t it?
Putting all questions on rest, this article will be my response to the social and popular belief.
Firstly, a female’s thought process should depict the support to feminism.
But also, there is no sort of compulsion to be one.
Feminism And Society
The term can be used to describe a political, cultural or economic movement aimed at establishing equal rights and legal protection for women.
The history of feminism can be divided into three waves, the first feminist wave was in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the second was in the 1960s and 1970s , and the third extends from the 1990s to the present.
Feminists and scholars refer mainly to women’s suffrage movements concerned with women’s right to vote ; to the ideas and actions associated with the women’s liberation movement campaigning for legal and social rights for women and
reaction to the perceived failures of second wave feminism respectively.
Feminism began with motive to fight for political suffrage, economic independence and personal autonomy. The ideology continued fighting battles for equality in the voting booth, schools, the workplace, health care and other major spheres of private and public life. Most feminists have conflated equality and sameness.
Boycotting patriarchal society; claiming rights over employment education.
The thing is there is no difference between fighting for equal rights and fighting for feminism, they want the same thing.
Whereas, the modern feminist movement has been hijacked in the name of progress . Though sexes are equal, but they’re different. Feminist claim to aspire to women’s equality, feminist frequently provide false evidence to prove that women are not treated as equals.
Considering the known example, which was relentlessly expressed during Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency and especially since her defeat, the assertion that she was the victim of misogynistic comments and that she lost because she was a woman.
So,can men be feminists?Or are only females feminists? If you are a human being and you believe in the equality of the sexes, you pretty much already are a feminist. Unless you are sexist and consider the opposite sex to be below you and not worthy of the same human rights as you,you are a feminist.You may not like to hear that because of the controversy around being a feminist these days.But that happens to be the truth.Take it the hard way or accept it now.Your choice.
What feminists should fight for?
Three major motives are : Equality of pay in organisation, Education underprivileged girl child and Urinals at public places.
But it can be observed that the cause has diverted from it’s basic cause.
Nowadays hating men has become synonym with feminism and as a person who believes in this philosophy is undoubtedly ‘pseudo-feminist’.
The Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams recently said, “ You are either a normal person or sexist.”
Pinjra-tod Movement, the campaign which comprised of women from DU, Jamia Millia Islamia, Ambedkar University, National Law University and Jawaharlal Nehru University; was a great way to demand equality. Apparently , it should be supported. It grew out of a Facebook page where women hostel and PG residents shared their bitter experiences with guards, wardens, principals and landlords. Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents.
Since , women have been oppressed for centuries and typically need to fight for significantly more rights than men. Ultimately, though they’re fighting for equality and I think that ‘Feminist’ word is good enough. And Femininity doesn’t have to be represented by dresses and heels and lipstick. You can wear jeans and XL tee and still look feminine.
IT’S ABOUT HOW YOU ACCEPT YOURSELF , TAKE LITTLE PROUD & SHOW YOURSELF.
Women have been conveniently alienated in society since long ago, right time to stand .
“Girl Power Movement” is just meant to fight for Equality. Join it ! Proud of being a woman.
Always be brave and kind. Fight like a girl. Never feel “I Can”t” because you “Can”. Be proud of your femininity since you are World Sustainer.
Happy Women’s Day with all my heart. _xox 💋💕