Dictionary definition of feminism = the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
I had to state the synonym because there are birdbrains who think feminism is all about the supremacy of women. No! It’s not. It’s about equality. I emphasize on the word EQUALITY.
Why should there be a movement for equality of women you ask?
Because women have always been treated like doormats. Refer to a history textbook if you want proof. But the textbooks only hint at the unfair treatment women received right since the conception of the earth. So, I can refer to more works of literature where there are detailed accounts of gruesome acts against women by sadistic humans with horrendous mentalities. NEWSPAPER!
You can get it anywhere for just a single-digit price. Turn a page and voila! There it is with headlines the size of our narrow minds—MAN FLOGS WIFE OVER NONSPHERICAL CHAPATIS.
It’s laughable, right? But that’s just juvenile compared to the other barbarous acts against women and I can’t even list them here because I’m too sensitive to that kind of stuff.
The answer to all the ratbags who say, ‘Screw feminism. Why should women be treated specially?’ is this.
If feminism didn’t exist, then women would still be coughing in the dark confines of the kitchen, making fire out of the sparks in order to cook the ordered menu for the household men.
If feminism didn’t exist, then social evils like Sati and child marriage would still be rampant.
If feminism didn’t exist, then female infanticide (although still exists) will turn into a dangerous pandemic.
If feminism didn’t exist, then your sister would be one of the many wives of your brother-in-law; your mother, instead of helping you with your homework, would be receiving her daily quota of lashes from your domineering father; your future wife would be . . . well, I can’t say anything to that because a man who condemns feminism would most likely expect his wife to be his slave.
I’m certainly not saying that all men would turn into monsters (as if we don’t have enough) without a movement like this, BUT, the influence will be extensive.
Let me elaborate.
So, if your father treated your mother like an unimportant human being whose presence meant service, then you would grow up thinking that women are supposed to be treated as drudges. The world around you is operating in a manner that teaches you that men are superior and women are no more than underlings who should satisfy their every whim, then your mind would steer in that direction too because it will be accepted as a normal way of living.
But if there’s a movement reprehending those practices thereby advocating women empowerment, then it might shepherd you the other way—the right way.
I agree that sometimes feminists tend to border on extreme by promoting misandry but that doesn’t change the whole freaking definition.
If you hate feminists, then you don’t want equality and let me break it to you—it’s detrimental not just for us women but for men too.
Feminism is basically about dispelling prevalent patriarchy. Patriarchy screws up dudes too and here’s how. How many times have you felt the pressure of being forced into a conventional job just because it pays well?
Sometimes I put myself in a man’s shoes and wonder if I would write this if I were a man. Perhaps, I wouldn’t even get time to read because I would be busy tapping away at the keys on the keyboard in a cosy office, writing codes, and programs. That’s what I might be required to do in order to take care of my family and pay tuition for my children. I would be the sole bread earner and would have to kill my dreams in order to meet the norms and pay the bills.
Why couldn’t I become a chef like I wanted to? Or an actor. Or a painter. Anything.
Imagine a world of equality. Both men and women free to pursue their dreams and not persuaded to meet societal standards.
If you aren’t keen on supporting feminism, at least you should be able to be in favour of humanism, right?
What we don’t realize is feminism is on the same lines of humanism.
If you see a woman and man wrestling with each other, whom would you choose to help?
The woman, right? Why not the man? Because we intrinsically know that usually, a man is physically stronger than a woman, hence we would rush to protect the former first. If you have ever done that, then does that mean you’re a feminist too? Maybe or maybe not. But surely, you would have proved yourself to be a human.
And that is exactly what I’m trying to say.
You can fight with your wife, leave the house, roam the streets and can return home safely the next day. But if your wife fights with you and steps out of the house, can you guarantee her safe return?
I know, I know, even the situation is lame, right? Cruel. But I have heard some horrible things like these that impelled me to write this today.
I want to try and partially educate those morons who don’t understand the actual meaning of feminism and brush it off as some useless lib, which advocates “significance” of women.
We don’t strive for power. We need equality.
And what that equality means, I would leave it to our brains since we have got one whole organ dedicated to doing logical thinking. I mean wouldn’t it be ridiculous if you ask both a girl and a boy to lift the same amount of weights shouting, ‘Equality!’?
Like I said, feminism is just another name for humanity.
This article is dedicated to—that guy, who remarked that women need not have to struggle to find a job as they can marry off a settled guy and enjoy his salary, that man, who said, ‘To hell with feminism’ when his girlfriend condemned his sexist jokes and all those people, who call themselves humans without understanding the meaning of humanity.