We Should All Be Feminists

Feminism is a slur.

An accusation of feminism ends conversation, silencing the [female] recipient of the label.

When women talk about making their own way in life, or not depending on a man, the reply is “Are you one of those feminists?”

Yes. Yes, I am.

What is Feminism?

As defined by the Cambridge dictionary:

The belief that women should be ​allowed the same ​rights, ​power, and ​opportunities as men and be ​treated in the same way, or the set of ​activities ​intended to ​achieve this ​state.

It is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men.

Women make up at least 50% of the population (51% by some estimates). We should have the same rights and privileges as men, and be bound by the same laws.

Anyone who believes this and promotes this is a feminist. Men can be feminists, and I know some men who are.

Feminism Is Not:

  • Hating men – that’s misandry;
  • Being disrespectful to male counterparts – that’s just rude, because everybody deserves respect;
  • Always expecting the man to pay for an outing or buy the drinks;
  • Refusing to put on makeup or wear a bra- that’s people exercising the right to groom themselves as they see fit;
  • Believing all men are evil.

We Should All Be Feminists

Why wouldn’t anyone believe in equality of the sexes? Why would anyone see half the population as inferior to the other half? I say inferior, because to believe that one thing is superior to another, the other thing must be inferior to it.

The belief that women are equal to men and should have the same power and opportunities as men is so integral to my life, who I am and what I hope to achieve. It baffles me that people believe this is a bad thing.

We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Adichie

This essay should be required reading for everyone, everywhere. It’s just that good.

Modified from her TED talk of the same name, Adichie uses her experiences both while growing up and as a working woman to illustrate what it means to be a feminist, in We Should All Be Feminists.

In one section, she recalls how, in primary school, she wanted to be class monitor. She scored the highest on the qualifying test, but the teacher didn’t mention what had seemed obvious, that only a boy could be class monitor. The boy who came second on the test- a boy who had no desire for the position- became the class monitor, because she was a girl and he was a boy.

In this century where people are arguing whether the girl can be the course representative of a class, or the head of a mixed-gender student body (or whether a woman can be the leader of the free world), I found this essay so full of simplicity and truth.

The Kindle version of the essay is instantly downloadable to any Android or other device that supports the Kindle app.

What are your thoughts on feminism?

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