The word feminism is a very taboo word in the United States. It is associated with such disdain that many people automatically become defensive when being called #Feminist. When people hear the word it is often times used interchangeably with man hater.
Is feminist a bad thing?
The word feminism is defined by the Merriam- Webster dictionary as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes." By this definition there are very few people who would not agree with this concept. Any person who agrees that both genders should be equal is by default a feminist..
Why should we all be feminists?
#Gender Equality is not just a woman's cause. Women are greatly affected by the idea that they should be equal however, men are just as likely to have gender norms pushed upon them. The ideal woman to many societies are ones who are seen and not heard. Women are generally thought to be caretakers and they are generally the ones who society believes should take care of their young children. This does an injustice to both genders. Women are passed over for promotions because they may need time off to care for a child and if a man takes time off it is considered abnormal. Children need both parents and the idea that one or the other should be less or more responsible is detrimental to future generations.
Is feminism more than marches and angry women?
Feminism is in essence is exactly as the definition states. Feminists believe that both genders should be treated as equals.
This means that little boys should be able to play with dolls and express their feelings the same as young girls. Women should not fear that they will be assaulted for wearing something too short or not modest enough. Men do not have to worry about that. #Men And Women should be able to control their selves in the same manner and they should be able to efficiently move up the chain of command in their chosen field. All people should be feminist. Gender equality rights are human rights! All people should be treated as equals.
Feminism is not a bad word! It is just a word that describes the idea that men and women are all equal. If you believe in that idea then you my friend are a feminist!