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The Difference Between Feminism And Misunderstood Feminism
01. July 2019 at 20:59
OK, before I get chased by a group of women holding pitchforks, let me get one thing clear, I respect those who deserve it and I do believe that men and women should be treated equally. That’s the true meaning of feminism. Protesting against the ideology that men are superior or better than women, that’s feminism. Turning it the other way around by saying that women are better than men, that’s misunderstood feminism.

Now, I’m in full support of feminism as I think that the original movement did make a difference by giving women equal rights as that of men. And I’m with the men and women who still support the ideology of equal rights for men and women. Also, I do understand that women do not feel safe going out at night and that’s because of the things many men have done in the past.

However, pinning it on a whole gender is not the sensible thing to do. Most of the women today who call themselves feminists, believe in statements like ‘all men are dogs’. Yes, I’m not making this up. I’ve heard women who call themselves feminists saying this phrase over and over again. Let me just ask you one simple question, what do you think would happen if a man comes up and says a similar phrase for the whole female gender?

Such people ruin the motive and cause of such an empowering movement. Due to these people, other feminists (who actually know what feminism is) suffer. I agree that there are some men who do unspeakable things to women, however, you cannot judge or blame a whole gender for that. Saying ‘all men are dogs’ is kind of like saying ‘women can’t drive’. Do you see what I’m trying to say here? Women who misunderstand the cause and purpose of feminism, do the exact same thing to men which feminists fight against.

Another big issue with misunderstood feminism is ‘men shouldn’t hit women, however, it’s ok for women to hit men’. I have seen and heard of many incidents where a man and a woman are in an argument and the woman raises her voice. Then, if the man raises his voice, the woman exclaims “you can’t raise your voice against me”. So, it’s ok for you to raise your voice against him, however, if he does the same he is disrespecting you? And this accusation is just because you are a woman?

Let’s just take an example of an incident I saw in a reality TV show once. A man and a woman were having an argument over something which wasn’t even that big of an issue. The woman raised her voice, however, the man kept talking to her calmly while she was talking to him very rudely. Suddenly, the woman rushed towards the man and slapped him. Nobody said a word to that woman, however, when the man slapped her back, every man on the set started beating him up. Was that justified? Should a woman be allowed to hit a man without facing any consequences? The answer is NO. If you think that women should be allowed to hit men and men should not be allowed to hit women, then my friend, you have completely misunderstood the term ‘feminism’.

Please note that this article is not a rant about feminists. I too am a feminist (Yes! Men can also be feminists) as I believe in equal rights for all genders. I just wanted to voice out my opinion on the face of feminism nowadays. Girls on social media post things like ‘women are better than men #feminism’ and call themselves feminists. They fail to see the fact that they are doing the exact same thing which real feminists fight against. It is my humble request to such people, please talk to a real feminist and understand everything about feminism before you make any public remarks about the movement.

People who do such things just need a little bit of guidance so that they don’t ruin the main cause of the movement. This article is supposed to guide them in the right direction so that they can understand the true meaning of feminism. I hope this article was helpful and the message I wanted to get through has been delivered properly.

Cite This Article As: Kunal Bansal Chandigarh. "The Difference Between Feminism And Misunderstood Feminism ." International Youth Journal, 01. July 2019.

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