Yes, yes I know the title is the same as that documentary about punk fathers, but it just fits so well with this topic.
Feminism. It has become a dirty word for most, with a lot of people refusing to call themselves feminists. The actions of the few have ruined it for the many, with radical feminists causing men’s balls to retract and women to deny any associations with the movement.
I recently posted on a nerd forum about my blog, hoping to attract readers and contributors. I got a few thumbs up but the first reply asked me if I associated myself with the feminist movement. I was taken aback by his question and quickly stated that this blog was not really pushing any sort of political agenda, but for the most part equality, which is by definition what feminism means. The back and forth conversation was very polite however, and I may have changed his, and others, views on what it is to be a feminist.
It really got me thinking about what feminism means and through my research discovered that this particular gent was not alone in his negative views against feminism. The creator of Feminist Frequency often receives negative feedback because she is “associated” with the feminist movement and is currently under fire because she is starting a project that sheds light on sexism in gaming.
The definition of feminism states that it is a movement that wishes to establish equal rights for women while defending their rights politically, economically and socially. I think where it went wrong is that a group of what is known as, “radical feminists” swung the pendulum in the opposite direction and began to spew hate for men, essentially putting men down and raising women up.
Because of all the man hate and extremely over the top view points on how women should act, to be a feminist is now considered a bad thing. This is unfortunate. There are way more feminists out there than people realize, everyone is just afraid to identify as such. Men can be feminists, a resource that has yet to be tapped because so much of the focus is put on women. As the other half of the population is male, they too should pull their weight when it comes to female rights as equality benefits humankind in general.
I think that if more people realized what feminism was really about, and this includes the radicals, then more people would choose to identify themselves with the movement. This can only be beneficial as the more people care about women’s issues the better our world will be.