By Miku Nelinger
Regardless of color, gender, and bias, feminism establishes equality for all.
Fact: Feminism is all about equality of gender; Fiction: It is not about who’s the better gender - a fallacy that greatly confuse a lot of people.
By it’s very definition, feminism is the “advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men” - a movement centered on the liberation of women’s rights.
The feminist movement, an idea/movement that has been around for centuries, mainly put their focus on issues relating to reproductive rights, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, along with serious issues regarding domestic violence, sexual harassment/violence, and rape.
However, what was thought to be an empowering movement turned into a debatable topic; in other words, questioning the thought-to-be good narrative.
Survey shows the people’s opinion on feminism today.
There are many stigmas that belittle the importance of feminism, with controversies that overshadow the real issue, following the sexism, need, and the apparent exclusiveness that veil the gendered issue.
In a survey sent out to PBHS students, only 47.1% of those surveyed say they’re feminists while 94.1% believe in gender equality - a percentage gap that loosely translates to how a single word is incorrectly defined in society.
An article published on progressivewomensleadership.com says that today’s variation of feminism is, “received less critically by the female population due to the varying feminist outlooks. There are the ego-cultural feminists, the radicals, the liberal/reforms, the electoral, academic, ecofeminists… the list goes on.”
Raine Hurns, a senior, mock trial member, and feminist adds to the backlash with, “Feminism is so controversial because it's relatively new… it's often misinterpreted as female superiority.”
Mostly defined as ‘misandrist’, this fake definition for feminism is usually the given answer, among other false stigmas.
Sophomore Steven Staab, is a naysayer of modern feminism, so to speak. He adds to the misandrist stigma with, “the idea of it is good but modern-day feminists aren't fighting for it and giving it a bad name.”
Hurns, as a feminist addresses the very need for feminism: “We have made some progress, but there's still much to be done. The wage gap is extremely prevalent; we still debate over abortion. Women are shamed for having sex and their periods; 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted during their time at a university, and we just elected someone who prides themselves on grabbing women without consent.”
Feminism is shown to be slipping away of its importance both socially and politically. But, as Huffington Post suggests, “Being a feminist has nothing to do with how you look, what you wear, who you date, or how often you have sex. Being a feminist doesn’t mean you think women deserve special rights; it means you know we deserve equal ones.”
The truth is, feminism is relevant because the importance of it is extreme. One survey respondent said, “I don't think we should dwell on the past, but we should work on making everyone feel equal as humans.”
Staab even added, “Anyone can want equality,” however asks the misunderstood, “if it's really equality… then work on equality for more than just women” - which, by all means, mean adhering to equality for all.
It doesn’t matter whether one is a guy, gal, or nonbinary pal; a step into a more inclusive and advanced society includes how society treats its own people. And if most people aren’t educated enough to understand the situation, then organizations like ‘Women Against Feminism’ or those misandrist will still be around, misguided by the truth.
As far as feminism can suggest, it’s revolution changed the game for not only humanity, but for individuals as separate entities; the more time goes on, the more chances others take in accepting who we are as people.
Whether it’s going to take the government, the people, or a single person to influence an idea, many take part in fighting for what is, the world’s allegedly most
challenged topic: gender roles.