Posted by: elisetaylor6588 | January 15, 2019

Feminsim: angry females or an equality statement?

I was most hesitant about encountering the “F” word in class – feminism that is. On Thursday we briefly talked about this word and what it has come to mean over the past several years. In theory, feminism is about equality of the sexes, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination. So why am I so hesitant to call myself a feminist? The past several years have shown “extreme feminism” with some feminist groups going as far as to claim that baby boys should not be breast feed, while female baby’s should. There has been a negative connotation surrounding the word which has caused me to be hesitant about identifying with such a controversial term. But why do several extremists have to ruin the word for the majority of us? I believe that far more people would identify as a feminist if these radicalists were not changing the word to mean something it is not. And as a strong albeit stubborn woman, I believe that it’s important to educate society about what feminism means at its very roots. Equality and respect. I hope that this course will teach us all how to defend the word with respect and how to educate others that this “controversial” term should not, and must not be so.

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  1. I agree, I think that when “extreme feminists” elevate women so far as to put them above men, they are being just as unfair and shameful as they claim men to be. They are in validating their original argument that men and women are equally valuable by saying that women are superior, which I don’t think is true. I believe that men and women are equal in value and worth and should be treated with the same fairness and respect, and by swinging too far on the side of women, that argument is lost.

  2. I completely agree with your take! While I identify as someone who advocates for the equality of women and equal opportunity for women, I too find myself shying away from the “f” word because of those few, loud female voices who advocate for “hating men” or becoming “superior” to men. That isn’t what the movement is about, and I think that it is important to educate the masses on that important distinction between hyper-feminism and the foundation of the feminist movement.


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