Feminism

Feminism means a million things to a million people. Feminism means equality for everyone. It is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. Contrary to popular belief feminism has nothing to do with belittling men; in fact feminism does not support sexism against either gender.

Feminism is not a fight about who is better.Feminism works towards equality, not female superiority 

The Feminist Movement

The first feminist wave was in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the second was in the 1960s and 1970s, and the third extends from the 1990s to the present. Feminist theory emerged from these feminist movements.

Goals of Feminism

The goal of feminism is to challenge the systemic inequalities women face on a daily basis. Feminist theory aims to understand gender inequality and focuses on gender politics, power relations, and sexuality.

Why is feminism so important?

Feminism’s continuing importance is easily evidenced by the remarkably common acts of violence and inequality that women and others experience all the time. While the Equal Pay Act may have been passed, women still earn a fraction of the amount of money men do for the same work. We don’t live in a post-feminist world, just like we don’t live in a post-racial one. This means that feminism remains a crucial movement.

This is constantly evidenced by stories in the news and the experiences—like catcalling, unequal treatment in the workplace and harassment—that women and others endure every single day. These examples are saddening and infuriating, and they prove almost better than anything else that feminism is as necessary now as it has ever been.

Restrictions on Women’s rights around the world

Here are some legal restrictions against women, from Asia to Latin America:

  • In some parts of India, road safety laws do not apply to women—an exemption that kills or injures thousands of women each year
  • In Yemen, women are not allowed to leave their house without their husbands. Women are considered to be only “half a witness.” This means that a single woman’s testimony isn’t taken seriously unless it is backed by a man’s word
  • Till September 2011, women in Saudi Arabia were not allowed to vote. Up until June 2018, Saudi Arabia was unique in being the only country in the world where women were forbidden to drive motor vehicles.

Feminism is for everyone

Irrespective of your gender, race, caste, sexuality, age, or ability, feminism is all-inclusive. And therefore be alright with embracing your true self. Men are often conditioned to only be and act a certain way if they want to be respected in society. These false norms of yore don’t have to be practiced anymore.

We move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are.”

–   Rupi Kaur

References

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/10/27/7-ridiculous-restrictions-on-womens-rights-around-the-world/ https://www.hercampus.com/lifestyle/5-ways-explain-feminism-non-feminist


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