Written By: Sonya-Marie Dariya
It may be a boring topic for some but to me it is and interesting and important one.
Firstly, I want to start with a disclaimer;
‘’I am in no way an expert on feminism, nor is what I state fact. I am just a young feminist who need a voice.’’
Secondly I want to explain the type of feminists there are. There are first wave feminists, who you may know as suffragettes, they believed strongly in basic rights for women such as the right to vote. Then we have second wave feminists (most modern feminists) who look more intricately at social injustices, such as wage gaps, gender roles, female objectification and media representation, but don’t ignore that men have problems but instead want them to acknowledge the privilege that they do have. And lastly we have…. Third wave feminists. These are the overly-radical feminists who give us second wave feminists a bad rep. They believe that male power is oppression and want women to be above men. Personally, they make me cringe.
Now we have got that out of the way I want to actually make my point. I believe feminism has been misunderstood over the years by society and those misconceptions are passed onto young people today. I cannot count the amount of times someone has said to me ‘’I’m not a feminist but…[Insert feminist idea here]’’ and that hurts me as I realise that through society’s need to stereotype and the media’s focus on third-wave feminist, feminism has been turned into something as negative and counterproductive as women who hate men.
Feminists are people who believe in equal gender rights. (Notice how I said PEOPLE not women, men can be and are feminists too) and that is all there is to it. So if you ever find yourself asking yourself ‘I am I a feminist?’ then ask yourself ‘Do I believe in gender equality?’ If you answer yes then, hey welcome to the, non-exclusive, feminist club
So today we have learned:
-Feminism is not bad
-Not all feminists are women
-You are most likely a feminist
If you have any opinions to share, email me @firstname.lastname@example.org
But for now it’s goodbye
From, your friendly neighbourhood feminist