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Feminism is quite misunderstood

A lot of people view feminists as a bunch of angry man haters who want to kill every man and take over the world. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are the 6 things you should know about feminism.

 

1. Feminism simply means belief in the equality of the sexes

Chimamanda Adichie gave quite the perfect definition in her iconic TED talk titled, ‘We should all be feminists’. 

“Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, economic equality of the sexes.”- Chimamanda Adichie.

Equality is a straightforward term to understand and believe in. If you believe in equal opportunity for all people, surprise you probably are a feminist and didn’t even know it!

 

2. Feminists don’t hate men

People who hate men are called Misandrists, not feminists.  Feminists don’t hate men, all we want is to be given the same options and opportunities that men are given. Fun fact: a lot of men are feminists. So do male feminists hate men?

 

 

3. Feminism is not just for women

Feminism is all inclusive and not just for women. Any person of any gender, colour, religion, shape, size, etc. can be a feminist.  

 

4. Feminism helps men too

Men are held to so many unfair standards in society. They are expected to be tough and ‘manly’and suppress their emotions at all times. Feminism fights patriarchy and helps men to fully express themselves.  Feminism is all about fighting for the ability for women to be seen as strong as men are perceived, and the ability for men to be as vulnerable as women are perceived. Gender should be recognized on a spectrum, and not as two opposing sets of ideals.

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5. Do you believe that everybody should be treated equally regardless of their gender? Congrats! You’re a feminist

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6. Feminism is still very necessary in today’s world 

A lot of people claim that feminism is not necessary anymore because women are now allowed to vote and work the same jobs as men. However, women are still being treated as less all over the world. In Africa, girls have little or no access to education and child marriage is prevalent. Let’s not forget that the wage gap exists- women are paid less for doing the same job that men do.

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