Hating men is not what it means

April 23, 2019

 

If you look up the definition of ‘Feminism’ in the dictionary, you’ll see the statements; “The advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes,” “The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes,” “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities,” and finally, “The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.” 

 

Feminism is not the belief that one gender should be raised in power above another, it’s the belief that women can one day have the same power and responsibilities as a man. 

 

It isn’t just men that doubt the movement, many women thought of themselves as post-feminist. These women felt that there was no need for feminism, since gender equality had been achieved; this wasn’t true, a lot of the fear about calling yourself a feminist came from the negative stereotyping where people called feminists “killjoys.” 

 

I have experienced hate when it came to speaking up for what I believed in, men have called me ‘bitter’, ‘small minded’ or ‘stuck up’. 

 

I am a feminist because I was raised by a women that has always told me to speak loud and proud, I believe that women deserve the same responsibilities as a man, woman can fight in battle, woman can be a CEO of a well-known company, woman can be everything a man can be just a little bit better. 

 

When we dream of being equal with men we are found “unrealistic” even when we stand up for what we believe in we are asked to lower our standards. Our daughters and our sisters should be able to act, eat, sleep and dress the way they want without anyone getting in their way. 

 

Women are taking over and its time to realize that. Our voice is getting louder and louder there’s no reason to try to shut us up now. A 2013 Girlguiding survey found that 35% of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 were proud to call themselves feminists. 

 

In 2017, 43% of 18 to 34 year old women were part of that movement. There is no right form of activism and no one’s issues are of greatest importance. I will leave you with this. Women are just as strong maybe stronger, women are just as smart maybe smarter. 

 

Our men with dignity and strength, we must raise our women up and empower them because with both voices fighting for our equal rights there’s no telling where we could go. We could make a change just by saying give me equality and give me my freedom. 

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