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Feminism : Equal, Not More Powerful

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Feminism: Equal, Not More Powerful

On September 20th 2014, Emma Watson stepped on stage at the United Nations Headquarters, she gave a speech about why we need the HeForShe campaign, a campaign that describes itself as a “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other of humanity, for the entirety of humanity” (Home-HeForShe). In her speech, Emma Watson explained her motives for founding the HeForShe campaign saying:
I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves. (United Nations)
This is where the true nature of what Feminism is shows itself. So often, people think that Feminism is about replacing the misogyny in our world with misandry, but this is not the case. A true feminist defines Feminism as men and women sharing the exact same rights, not that women should have more rights than men.
Even though many feel this definition should be obvious and cannot understand why people are not feminists, there are people who strongly disagree with Feminism for their own various reasons. Men’s Rights Activists (MRA’s), Women Against Feminism (WAF), People of Color (POC) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community (LGBT) all have some kind of bone to pick with Feminism. The POC and LGBT groups all have legitimate qualms about Feminism. They see it as being the middle-class, heterosexual, white woman’s cause and they feel that their concerns are ignored and pushed aside, which they sometimes are. The MRA and WAF commu...

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When reading about Feminism, the meaning can often get confused because so many people have their own variations on its definition and interpret it in a different way, but every one of those definitions boil down to equal rights for men and women in social, economic, and political arenas. Feminists may try to change their name to avoid the negative connotation that follows the word “feminist” but as long as they have the same goal, it does not really matter what they call themselves. Everyone should consider themselves a feminist because they all have something to gain from a successful movement. Feminism needs more men to help move along the movement, because it can never succeed if only half the population has interest in it. Perhaps with the new HeForShe campaign, more progress can be made and we can truly live in a world with equal rights.
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