Misconceptions about Feminism

First of all, I am going to start off by defining feminism. Feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and the end of sexism in all forms. Basically, if you are a feminist, you believe in equality. Here are some common misconceptions about feminism:

  • All Feminists are lesbians
  • All feminists are women
  • Feminists hate men
  • Feminists want women to have MORE rights than men
  • Feminists are overreacting, there isn’t inequality anymore

These things could be true for SOME people.  But i am speaking for myself, and I believe that most feminists would agree that this is NOT what we stand for. Why?

  • You don’t have to be a lesbian to believe that women should get equal rights. I am a lesbian, but that is not WHY I am a feminist, I am a feminist because I believe in equality. The two things are not related.
  • Anyone that believes in gender equality is a feminist. For example, my Dad is a feminist. Feminists are not only women!
  • Feminism does not entail the hatred of men. Some people call feminists names like “Femi-nazis” and “Man-hating lesbians”.  Being a feminist does NOT mean you hate men. It simply means you believe in gender equality, like I stated earlier.
  • Feminists do not believe women should have MORE rights than men, we simply believe that we should have equal rights.
  • People who say this are just downright ignorant in my opinion. Sexism is EVERYWHERE. According to article “Gender pay gap”,” In 2009 the median income of FTYR workers was $47,127 for men, compared to $36,278 for women.” This is just one example of gender inequality, but there are thousands.

Many people believe in gender equality, but seem to resist the identity of feminist. I think it is because of the negative stereotypes that come along with being a feminist. But i think, that if everyone who believes in gender equality calls themselves a feminist, those negative stereotypes will be forgotten, because people will see that feminists are just normal people.

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8 thoughts on “Misconceptions about Feminism

  1. My 2 cents 😉

    One of the saddest (and least well understood) aspects of the feminist movement is that in sooooo many ways ‘victory’ has meant women have earned to right to become just as enslaved as men.

    It is kind of pointless for us to talk about the liberation of women in the context of a society which is pretty heavily enslaved anyway! It’s a bit like talking about the ‘liberation of hens’, yet without understanding what a chicken farm is, and that we all (hens and roosters) live on one 😉

    This whole confusion comes from understanding that we live in a male dominated patriarchal/ hierarchical world but NOT realising that most men are actually just as enslaved to it as women are! (in some ways perhaps more so).

    Before ‘women’s liberation’ men were the ‘tax cattle’ while women were stuck at home raising the children and running the household. A man was able to support a whole family with his earnings. Nowadays both parents typically NEED to work full time in order to pay the bills, and the children are left to be raised by daycare, state education and Disney/ MTV/ Hollywood. The devastating effects on children (and in turn on society) are now beginning to be felt….

    The sad truth is that this was the plan all along. Feminism (like all social movements advocating greater freedom and ‘personhood’) was hijacked by the ‘powers that be’.

    Here’s documentary film maker Aaron Russo talking about this fact. He is absolutely spot on. (full interview here)

    *Of course* feminism has lead to many positive changes in attitudes, behaviours and laws…… but it has also been manipulated and subverted and generally led up the garden path. In many ways it has offered women the chance to be liberated from having to be female (just as the state, the expert class, think tanks and military have liberated men from having to be male too!)….. in the 21st century ‘freedom’ for both sexes means to be liberated from the trappings of being male/ female (mother/ father… caregiver …… protector … bread winner …. decision maker ….. household organiser…etc). These roles are now taken over by some authority higher up in the hierarchy (the state, experts, caregivers, corporations etc). Instead we are all free to be LIBERATED CITIZENS! (AKA happy consumers!) Yay!!!!!!!!!! Like those ‘Sex in the City’ girls…. or like this song by Bongwater.

    But I digress…..

    OK I’ll shut up and let Stefan Molynuex put it more eloquently than I could…

    The Life and Death of Radical Feminism

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