What We Think It Means To Be A Feminist

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What it means to be a feminist


The word, feminism, bothers a lot of people, but why? It’s because of the pre-conceived notions that feminism is laced with extremism and radical feminists, and the word makes it sounds like its exclusive only to women.

What does it really mean?

According to Merriam Webster “‘Feminism’ is defined as the ‘belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.'”

That’s it. It doesn’t mean you have to be anti-men, or pro-abortion, or anything else. It means you believe that women should have equal rights and opportunities as men. It means you believe that women should get paid just as much for doing the same work. When I say women, it means ALL women. Feminism is the belief that ALL women should have equal right and opportunities. You don’t have to agree on everything with these women, but being a feminist means you’ll stand up for their rights anyway.

This quote from 'Bad Feminist: Essays' by Roxanne Gay really showcases what it means to be a feminist.

 “Feminism is a choice, and if a woman does not want to be a feminist, that is her right, but it is still my responsibility to fight for her rights. I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves. I believe women not just in the United States but throughout the world deserve equality and freedom but know I am in no position to tell women of other cultures what that equality and freedom should look like.” – Roxanne Gay

While we're here, it's probably a good idea to bring up intersectional feminism and what it really means.

Intersectional feminism: If feminism is advocating for women's rights and equality between the sexes, intersectional feminism is the understanding of how women's overlapping identities — including race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and disability status — impact the way they experience oppression and discrimination.

“Feminism to me is more than just a commitment to fighting for women’s rights. It’s the conscious effort to empower and lift up women regardless of the color of their skin or the god they worship. It’s the coming together of men and women for the purpose of breaking down that glass ceiling and destroying barriers that restrict women from achieving everything a man can and more!”  - Nour Kaiss

Now you know, and hopefully feminism doesn't sound as 'out there' as it might have before.

What does feminism mean to you? Let us know below!

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