There’s an F-word that has been more sacred in today’s society than the one you’re thinking of. This word is scary, and has the power to drive all types of people away. The word is feminism. According to the dictionary, feminism is “the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to men.” That’s a great generalized statement, but let’s dig a little deeper.
Feminism is once a word I cringed from, not because I don’t believe in gendered equality, but because I was afraid of how people would perceive me if I identified this way. That’s a common assumption that most people make. We are a society are taught that a single word or phrase should not define you. The word feminist should not define anyone.
I believe a feminist or feminism is a way of demanding equality between genders. A feminist is not someone who hates men because women do not receive equal treatment, but someone who demands equality between the sexes. Men can be discriminated against also, and there are cases where men are gendered.
People fear the word feminism because they do not want to be perceived in a way that feminists are stereotyped. To society, feminists are man hating, masculine looking, outspoken, and opinionated. Just because this is the way society defines feminism shouldn’t be the reason you avoid this word.
I will say that I am a feminist. I believe in the equality between all genders. It’s a tough world out there for women because there still isn’t equality when compared to men. There is a gendered wage gap still present, and women are judge more harshly. I fight for feminism because I feel that women are strong and can do anything a man can do. Women should not have limitations. The glass ceiling to me is pointless because a woman should be able to climb as high as any man in any industry.
If someone chooses to judge you because you identify with feminism, then let them. Most people do not understand the true terminology, but regardless, it is a part of you that you decide. Be who you want to be. Feminism should not limit or constrain you from anything, whether you identify with it our not.