So I finally have my laptop back to blog with, and why not start with a late Happy International Woman’s Day message? Yesterday was a day of celebrating what woman have accomplished throughout history, and the difference we can truly make united! Many famous figures and feminists took to social media to offer their wishes to this day and also delivered messages celebrating the great change in woman’s freedoms and rights, as well as pushing for that all important gender equality! I’ve noticed that the word ‘feminist’ and the idea of ‘feminism’ has been attacked and mocked by some and almost become a word to be ‘frightened’ of, not only by typical misogynists, but ordinary people! I will admit that there are some feminists who are hypocrites and who impose the idea of gender equality and freedom of expression upon everyone, yet do not follow these beliefs themselves, as well as twisting the idea of feminism to be a form of male dominance.That is NOT feminism.
Not every ‘feminist’, however is there to ‘attack’ anyone, and beyond the wrong attitudes of some people who supposedly identify as feminists, there is a real message and a real focus set for feminists – gender equality. There has always been a dark side for woman in the past, and still is today. Woman haven’t always had the vote, or have been allowed to work. It can’t been denied; woman have been put a step or two behind men a lot in the past. Even today, woman are often forced into marriage against their will, as well as being denied rights that are given to men. True feminism is about gender equality between sexes, for BOTH sexes. There are also many male feminists, as it is not something that is ‘woman’s only’ or intended to be dominated by woman. It is also a step forward for men too – it reminds us that we don’t have to conform to typical stereotypes between the genders and we CAN step outside the traditional boundaries set by society. Why has feminism become such a strong word? Because they are strong minded people. Everyone deserves to be able to make their own self decisions about who they want to be, and what sort of lifestyle they want to lead, providing it doesn’t hurt anyone.
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