News By/Courtesy: Varsha Subramaniam | 19 Nov 2020 10:02am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feminism is not for just women.
  • Feminism encompasses a huge variety of people and positions.
  • Recognizing your own privilege is a huge first step in recognizing the ways in which inequality affects groups of people.

The only thing that all feminists have in common is that we are all committed to achieving political, economic and social equality of sex, race and class. Feminism encompasses a huge variety of people and positions. Feminists are religious, atheistic, and somewhere in between. We are married, single, dating, in open relationships and in polyamourous relationships; we're LGBTQIA, straight and asexual. We're transsexual, female, male, and genderqueer; we're feminine, masculine, all of the above and none of the above. We're pro-choice, pro-life, politically liberal and politically conservative. We're young, young at heart and old. 

  1. Feminists hate men.
  2. Feminists are angry.
  3. Feminists are unattractive and not feminine.
  4. All feminists are lesbians.
  5. Feminists are all pro-choice.
  6. If you are a feminist, you cannot be religious.
  7. All feminists are career women and do not support stay-at-home moms.
  8. Feminists are Bra- Burners who hate sex.
  9. Feminists can only be women.
  10. Feminists don’t believe in marriage.

If you have ever found yourself saying “I’m not a feminist, but I am for equality,” then ask yourself why you do not claim the title? If it is because of the misconceptions of what a feminist truly is then empower yourself to raise awareness about what feminism is really all about. 

What if your a man?

While you may be a man, a little over half of people in the world are women-- which means you, without a doubt, know someone who is female. If you care about equality for your mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, girlfriend, wife, or friend who is female, then feminism should be important to you. Additionally, feminism is about equality for all marginalized groups-- equality for those who are LGBTQIA, disabled, and ethnic and racial minorities. Caring about feminism means caring about people who fit into these categories. And finally, feminism is not only committed to changing negative stereotypes about being a woman. A large facet of feminism is understanding stereotypes about masculinity and the effect these stereotypes have on society and what it means to be a man. 

Why feminism?

One of the focuses of feminism and movement towards equality is a focus not only on interpersonal interactions but on the systems which influence social inequality. While you, personally, may not be prejudiced, that does not change the fact that we live in a society where racism/sexism/classism/heterosexism/ableism still impact the lives of people who don't fit in to the "preferred" group. Admitting that you possess some quality that is favored in society (i.e. that you're white, heterosexual, male, or abled) isn't a personal failing or a bad thing-- in fact, recognizing your own privilege is a huge first step in recognizing the ways in which inequality affects groups of people. 

 

This Article Does Not Intend To Hurt The Sentiments Of Any Individual Community, Sect, Or Religion Etcetera. This Article Is Based Purely On The Authors Personal Views And Opinions In The Exercise Of The Fundamental Right Guaranteed Under Article 19(1)(A) And Other Related Laws Being Force In India, For The Time Being. 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 19 Nov 2020 19:44pm IST


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