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Feminism… Someone Please Explain

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chloe523

chloe523

Hey girls so I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. Talk about feminism has obviously been going around for years, but I feel like now is when I’m really starting to notice it among celebrities, and more and more people are identifying as feminists. Well, I have chosen not to identify for one major reason: I am confused. I understand that feminists support the rise of women’s political and social equality with men, but does it stop there? Do feminists support equal rights like they usually claim? Or when we reach that point of equality, will feminists keep pushing to surpass men? That’s what confuses me. Sorry if this seems like a really dumb question to any of you, but it’s just something that I thought of recently after being asked if I’m a feminist and not knowing the answer. It’s just that they way some feminists talk about what they believe, it sounds like they argue more about women being stronger than men for carrying babies than arguing for gender equality. To rephrase the question if it was confusing the first time, while feminists want gender equality now, will they always want it, or do they only care about that equality when it is women that are getting the low end? Please, someone just explain this to me and help me understand this 🙂

December 29, 2014 at 19:09
rainbowuni

rainbowuni

I consider myself a feminist–I have no intent to go beyond equal rights..as far as I know, most feminists would stop there. Of course, there are extremists (the “down with men” crowd), but they don’t define what the majority of feminists want: equality. Also, I know a lot of feminists will acknowledge that there are situations where men are on the losing end, and they’re against that as well.

December 31, 2014 at 11:54
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

Same, Uni. Also, a lot of the ‘i hate men’ stuff from feminists I know personally is an ironic joke. Because they know it’s the stereotypical expected attitude, so they joke about it a lot

January 1, 2015 at 05:40
chloe523

chloe523

Alright thanks guys 🙂

January 1, 2015 at 15:33
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Birdy6

The way I see feminism is just gender equality. Both men and women are equal and have the same rights. It’s not about “man hating” or that women are better than men and trying to surpass them. We are equal and deserve the right to get the same education as them and be paid the same for the same work, the right to vote, etc…You should watch Emma Watson’s speech on feminism, it is fantastic, and sums it up quite well. 🙂

January 18, 2015 at 14:24
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Abbigayle

To me feminism is about believing that men and women should have equal rights and be treated and viewed as equals in society. I think that comes down to living in a world where it is not a surprise to see woman who is successful, who is in a position of power like a CEO of a corporation, or a woman who choses to work instead of staying home with her children. I like to think about gender privilege that men have in society. Here’s a cool checklist that sort of highlights rights that some men have but women don’t. If you can say ‘yes’ to all of these then you are most likely privileged and a man (so nobody on PI)

1. If I have children and a successful career, few people will ask me how
I balance my professional and private lives.
2. My elected representatives are mostly people of my gender. The more
prestigious and powerful the elected position, the more this is true.
3. When I ask to see “the person in charge,” odds are I will face a person
of my gender. The higher‐up in the organization the person is, the surer I
can be.
4. I do not have to think about the message my wardrobe sends about my
sexual availability.
5. In general, I am not under much pressure to be thin or to worry about
how people will respond to me if I’m overweight.
6. I will never be/was never expected to change my name upon marriage
or questioned if I don’t change my name.
7. Most individuals portrayed as sexual objects in the media are not the
same gender as I am.

February 2, 2015 at 03:53
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