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LET’S DEFINE FEMINISM


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In light of recent political developments and the rise of various political figures the feminist movement is on a bold rise again. However, feminism isn’t a new concept. The roots of the movement can be traced back to 1895 in the UK and the US. Originally it focused on equal contract and property rights for women. We even had to fight for the equal right to our own babies…that we carry….inside of us…using up our life source like aliens…for nine months… but I digress. By the end of the nineteenth century activists primarily focused on political mobility, particularly the right of women suffrage. Even back then feminists such as Voltairine de Cleyre and Margaret Sanger were still active in campaigning for women’s sexual, reproductive, and economic rights at this time. (History facts from this page)
Basically we feminist, and I say feminist because it is unwise to use women and feminist interchangeable (sadly not all women subscribe to the idea of feminism, and men can be feminist too 🙂 ), have been fighting for this ish a loooong frikin time!
Often times when it comes to politically charged verbiage the meaning and definition of terms gets misconstrued and warped into all kinds of ideas and meanings; to the extent that nobody knows what the hell they are really talking about. So I thought I would take a moment and sit right here and explain what feminism is and who a feminist is.
What it is:
noun
noun: feminism
  1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.
    synonyms: the women’s movement, the feminist movement, women’s liberation, female emancipation, women’s rights;

    informal women’s lib
    “a longtime advocate of feminism”

     

Feminist:

noun
noun: feminist; plural noun: feminists
  1. 1.
    a person who supports feminism.
adjective
adjective: feminist
  1. 1.
    relating to or supporting feminism.
    “feminist literature”

     

Who and What it is not:

  • ONLY Women that hate men.
  • The belief that women are superior to men.
  • ONLY women that are lesbians.
  • Someone that hates bananas and Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” song.
  • Someone that ONLY likes to dress “masculine”.
  • Someone that ONLY likes to dress “feminine”.
  • The belief that circular shapes are superior to triangle shapes.
  • Someone that views being “feminine” negatively.
  • Someone that views being “masculine” negatively.
  • Someone that hates the color pink.
  • Someone that believes everyone should be just like them.
  • Women that are ugly and single. And probably will be until the day they die.

The list can go on and on but hopefully you get the idea. And the idea (in case you missed it) is that these alternative opinions and beliefs about feminism and feminist are ridiculous and completely misinformed. Clearly some of these ideas are much easier to identify as absurd than the others, but none the less they are all absurd. These negative notions circling the movement are nothing but false accusations made by individuals with overcompensating egos (poor little things). Now do some of those variations exist. Yes. But they do not construct the definition of feminism. Furthermore, if someone does perpetuate these sort of negative beliefs whilst calling themselves a feminist then they are severely dissociated from the movement. Unfortunately, yes there are dum dum’s peddling these ideas and stereotypes out there. But do you really want to join them in their dum dum-ness? I didn’t think so. So don’t be a dum dum. Be informed.

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