What does feminism mean?
Recently on Instagram, I asked my followers to consider this question: what does feminism mean? For me, feminism means equal rights and women empowerment (liberation and choice). It means respecting women and recognising their role in historical events. A branch of feminism could be equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identification, race. However, a lot of people don’t know that feminism is about liberation and having choices. It’s about getting rid of the oppression of the patriarchal and misogynistic society we live in. A lot of the time feminism is misinterpreted and is confused as being just about equal rights.
It is interesting reading about feminism and the impact it has had on society.
There are still people who are afraid of being a feminist, because of negative connotations it may carry (e.g. being ‘man-haters’). The important thing that women need to remember, and men too, is that feminism is mostly about liberation and having choices. Equal rights are important too, but remember:
Feminism is the liberation of women and girls all over the world from the patriarchy and misogyny that continues to harm and oppress them as a class of people. – Jessica Eaton
It’s easy for people to call women derogatory names if they get their tits out in a photo shoot, but for men it’s ok. It’s easy for women to be told they aren’t a feminist if they wear short skirts or revealing clothes – this is NOT true, because women can be feminists and dress however the hell they want! What you wear does not concern anyone else!
So, moving onto what my followers said:
Feminism is, as a lot if people tend to forget, is about equal rights to all. It is, essentially, to put humanity over gender. – Trails of Tails
As I said above, feminism is about equal rights – it doesn’t matter whether you are male, female, transgender. It doesn’t matter which race or nationality you are. Equal rights to all!
Female empowerment is what I’m all about! We are equal – whether history reads it or not! This world would benefit from having relationships, businesses, social groups, religious groups and politics with more women in equal places, with equal earnings and equal rights 👌 We are still fighting for this shit and it’s 20 bloody 19! 🙈❤️ – Life it or Not
As I said to Sarah, we definitely need more women in leadership positions as we have so much to offer! There’s still so much to fight for in order to get equal pay. And I do hope that more women do get the chance to make choices in their lives – e.g. being a leader, being a stay at home mum, speaking up for themselves and having a voice.
Feminism is essentially about being liberated from the patriarchy and oppression that faces them.
And you know what, removing the oppression and control from the patriarchal society would benefit both men and owmen..
The photo I used alongside this question, was the memorial for the women in WW2.
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I had some misinformed git tell me that all women did in WW2 was clean the house and wash dishes.
Yeah, I bet it was real hard for them to do the dishes and clean the house while the men were out risking their lives and knowing they could die at any second. – Aiden
I, of course, gave him a mini history lesson on women’s roles in WW2. Just because women are housewives or stay at home mums does not mean that their work is unimportant!
However, I then heard from some other amazing bloggers:
This is such a cool monument. History is written…by males. Just like it is written by the winners. – samanthaalice91
I think we forget about womens role in war sometimes x – lolitambonita
History is his and her story. We should strive to achieve equal rights for all. I hope my kids generation achives that. – mischievous_words
I believe that women can choose to do whatever they want – if they want to stay at home that is completely up to them. If they want to work, that is up to them. We shouldn’t put women down for the choices they make.
And finally, a shout out to the other empowered women who commented on and supported my post:
Thanks, everyone who commented – it’s really fab seeing your thoughts and ideas on feminism! #GIRLPOWER
What does feminism mean to you? Do you believe that men should be feminists too?
Have a read of one of my favourite women empowerment posts here!