Feminism is not just for women. Men should be feminists, too. That’s right, I said it. Now – before you get all bent out of shape, let’s explore exactly what feminism means.
According to Wikipedia:
Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.
I suppose my first question would be, what about this definition would make someone from either gender not want to be a feminist?
The word has found itself in some unfortunate circumstances as it has been thrown around by seemingly anti-male women in order to over-exaggerate their equality, which defeats the purpose. Man-bashers are often equated with feminists when they are very much not the same thing.
The very notion of equality within feminism is where the focus has to stay. Equality does not mean bringing another down to lift yourself up. I believe the “extreme” feminists need to take heed of this while they wave their banners and demand the male race to bow down.
That’s not the point. It’s not a war, it’s not a competition. It’s not about women beating their chests, tossing their men to the curb and saying “WE CAN DO IT!” It’s a collaboration between the sexes. That is the only true way to create equality.
Notice in the quote above I bolded the word equality. The point is that we are all on the same team. We are all equal members of humanity and all have unique things to contribute to society. Women run companies (and countries), start businesses, create art, raise families, make important decisions, and build their own success(es), just as well – if not better in some cases – than men.
So, what exactly is the hold up here? Why are women still oppressed or treated unfairly in some cultures? And how can we help the rest of the world progress to these realizations?
To be an oppressed party, there must be an oppressing party. As a man I am embarrassed to say that the only reason this is a problem is because men have created it. However, I am also proud to say that for the same reason, we are the solution.
Gentlemen, we need to take initiative and be militant against any sort of mistreatment or disrespect of any individual based on gender. We need to promote and speak out for equality. We need to accept the ideas and thoughts of a female co-worker the same way as we would a man’s.
Why wouldn’t we?
Equality is a funny thing. It is different than being the same. Anatomically and biologically we all know that women are different than men – but that should have no bearing on the level of respect we give each other. Because of these nuances as well as their differences in life experience and upbringing, they are able to offer us valuable and unique perspectives on the world, shining it in a new light.
Real feminists are not against men, they are for equality and the greater good. If this notion makes you nervous, remember that people of quality do not shy away from equality.
I’m on humanity’s side, whose side are you on?
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