Annie Lennox said, “We all fight over what the label ‘feminism’ means but for me it’s about empowerment. It’s not about being more powerful than men – it’s about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It’s about very basic things.” This quote summarizes the true meaning of feminism. It also addresses the goals of feminism; not to be more powerful than men, but to be equals. According to Merriam Webster dictionary, feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” However, feminism is more than equality between genders.
They further push their point by using the Constitution to say they need it to protect their civil rights and need it to be enforced to isolate and remove sexual discrimination so that they can have equal opportunities in all areas so they could succeed. Women were highly discriminated against since men didn’t want to see them as equals since they were always seen as less than them. Women got paid much less than they did and weren’t given the same education and job opportunities as them which slowed down their progress. Men didn’t view this as wrong since they were always the ones who worked for the home and expected women to stay in jobs suited for women like social work, helping the community or teaching not becoming doctors or lawyers. Women didn’t want special privileges, they wanted to fully take responsibility as a full citizen.
One of the biggest ones is that women believe they are superior and they dislike men. Feminism is against gender stereotypes, so the hatred of men would be going against their mission. Feminists, however, do realize that men have a certain privilege. A privilege that, when used well, can help those who are most harmed in society. The movement is not saying that women or other oppressed groups are better, just that they should be as good as men.
Today, many feminists go around stating there isn’t a need for men, women can survive on their own, and that women are better than men. As Saira Khan states in her article on Spiked, “modern-day feminists engage in man-bashing rather than dignified demands for equality.” (Khan 1). It just shows how feminists would rather take their anger out on men rather than realize we a... ... middle of paper ... ...oncludes is his article, “That’s how we’ve come to this backwards point where the new feminist activism, for some, is about oppressing those with different views. So much for equality!” (Furey 1). They would rather demand dominance than equality, call for justice for issues that are not really there, claim gender discrimination in the work place, and argue against any who try to oppose them.
Men view the word feminist as a sexist term in and of itself, because it has “fem” in it, meaning woman. Although feminism strives towards equality at ALL costs,, feminism and equalism are NOT the same. Changing feminism to equalism would imply that men would have to take a step down to be equal to the female gender, further arguing that women are weak and have to have men do everything for us. Feminism proves that we can take that step UP to be equal to men and not have to settle to meet somewhere in the middle. Feminism proves that we are strong, abled beings that can do anything a man can.
On the other hand, feminist is also defined as ‘an organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests’ (Webster 2007, p.230). This highly ambiguous definition suggests that any socially or politically active woman can be considered to be a feminist, so the ideas of feminists do not always coincide with the philosophy o... ... middle of paper ... ...en’s favour. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to determine what gender receives the larger income over a lifetime. With this in mind, modern feminism appears to be aimed at total equality, where every adult receives same wage and employers are controlled by the government. The feminist philosophy, on the other hand, preaches equality purely in legal and political rights.
In reality the definition of women is most likely inclusive of both sex or gender as it includes those that are biologically women (but may not conform to the gender role) or gender (which includes those who self identify as female). For such a simple term it requires a bit of thinking and by answering who is a women we also get the answer of who benefits from feminism. For some the label of feminism mean misandry (hatred of men) while others it is just a single issue label. For the former it is a movement for reform and empowerment of women. For the latter the issue of a single issue label is that it does not cover the relevant issues such as race, orientation or class.
This not only allows male artists to have a more likely chance of being respected, but also affects the views audiences have on female artists. Sexism is shown in the music industry towards female artists. Sexism towards women occurs when men feel as if they are superior to women. Men have not always looked at women as equals, but more as objects to please themselves. Traditional values teach that men should provide and work for their family while women should just be mothers and take care of their homes for their husbands.
It is often thought that being feminist means you are against men, but this is not the case, feminism effects both men and women. Neither man or woman has equality. Men are made to feel insecure because of the traits that society associate with male success. The idea that a man should be strong, confident and should be in control. Men are encouraged not to show emotion from a young age so that they are not seen as weak.
Often times when people hear the word “feminism” they tend to rely on society’s misconstrued definition of what feminism is, the belief of dictatorship, anti-male attitude and female superiority. This misinterpreted definition of feminism is actually completely opposite of what feminism truly is, feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” Feminism is essentially equality between the sexes, where neither men nor women are superior to the other. In this day and age, especially with our patriarchal society it is so easy to just jump on the bandwagon whether or not you know anything about the topic, when people are “anti-feminism” they are supporting sexism. Hooks