Things You Wanted to Know About Feminism But Were Too Scared to Ask
Women’s rights have improved considerably since the early 1900s thanks to feminists like The Suffragettes who fought hard to gain the right to vote.
However, almost 100 years later, and many people still misunderstand feminism and what it means. With that in mind, this article will provide some answers to the most common questions people ask about that ideology. Hopefully, reading these questions and answers will assist all readers in gaining a better understanding and dispelling any myths.
Feminism has improved the lives of millions of women around the world. So, it’s about time everyone learns to grasp the concept!
What is feminism?
Feminism is the idea that women should have equal rights to men in all areas of life. That could mean in the workplace, at home, or in the community. Contrary to popular belief, feminism is not the idea that women are more important than men. They just want to be treated the same and have all the same opportunities when it comes to working, learning, and improving their lives.
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How did feminism start?
Feminism has been around since the beginning of time, but some say that in the western world it didn’t start as a movement until the Women's Conference held in Seneca Falls in 1848. Groups such as those who campaigned for the abolition of slavery supported the call for equal rights, and they wanted to transform society into a fair system that benefits everyone. One of the main issues for women related to divorce. Men could get rid of their wives with ease, but it wasn’t so straightforward for ladies who wanted to leave their husbands.
Some of today’s most prominent feminists who continue to carry the equality torch include:
- Yoko Ono
- Alice Walker
- Emma Watson
- Vivienne Westwood
- Joanne Froggatt
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Why did feminists burn their bras?
While some feminists were known to burn their bras during the early days of the movement, it didn’t happen quite as often as society would have you believe. The idea was that burning a bra was a symbolic gesture about shedding the metaphorical chains many females wore at the time. However, the most famous instance at the 1968 Miss America protest never happened according to most historians. Whether those historians are accurate or not I am yet to find out.
Why do women need equal rights?
Women and men come into this life the same way, and they leave via the same route too. So, it stands to reason that both sexes are equal in the universe. Male dominance comes from years of oppression and is a very animalistic approach to life. Just because men can build their bodies to become physically stronger than women; it doesn’t mean they are better in any way. Women have the strength to give birth. And ultimately, all men and all women are "of women" as pointed out by Shami Chakrabarti in her new book.
Are feminists angry?
No. That is a misconception promoted by people who stand against equal rights and feminism. Feminists are not angry, and you almost certainly have many of them within your social group. Feminists just want to achieve equal rights, equal accessibility and pay for women. That goal doesn’t have any impact on the individual’s personality.
Do feminists hate men?
No. That is another lie told by people who want to stop the progression of feminism and regain superior rights for men. Many feminists choose to have children, and some of those children are, of course, going to be boys. So, go work it out for yourself! Lots of people claim that feminists hate men, but that’s just propaganda designed to turn people away from their cause.
Why don’t feminists shave?
Again, the idea that feminists don’t shave is somewhat of a lie. Of course, there are feminists out there who choose not to shave because they see that practice as a symbol of male dominance. However, most of the feminists you meet in the street will probably shave as it’s not a requirement in the manifesto or anything like that. The ladies who decide not to shave their legs and under their arms do so to make a political statement in most instances. In some instances, it is cultural and even fashionable.
Feminists may also choose to wear, not wear heels, or a mix of both. There's no rule book on how to look.
Are all feminists women?
No. There are many prominent male feminists from history. Feminists believe in equal rights for women, and that belief is not limited to only one sex. Just take a moment to search Google images for photographs from feminist rallies during the last few years. You’ll see many men in the crowd. Some famous male feminists around today include:
- Daniel Radcliffe
- David Schwimmer
- Jeremy Corbyn
Can feminists get married?
Yes! Feminism does not require a woman to remain single or without children. Indeed, some feminists would argue that meeting a life partner who treats them equally and then bringing new minds into the world who will one day help to progress the cause is a positive thing.
Do feminists dislike men?
There are millions of feminists around the world, and so there is a reasonable chance that at least some of them will dislike men. However, as a rule, that is not something most feminists think. As the old saying goes “it takes two to tango.” Lots of people believe that all feminists have relationships with the same sex because they can’t forgive men for hundreds of years of oppression. Still, in practice, that is rarely the case.
Now you know some answers to common questions about feminism; you should have a much better understanding of the concept and the movement. It’s vital that people don’t believe the anti-feminist propaganda we see everywhere these days. As with any other ideology or political movement; you have to conduct research and learn about both sides of the argument to make a rational and logical decision. Those who still campaign against feminism are living in the dark ages. It’s about time someone switched the light on for them and brought those folks into the modern age.
Feminism is here to stay, and millions of young women now subscribe to the notion that equal rights are a natural right. That is refreshing as only 100 years ago, things were considerably different.
If you want to learn more about becoming an active feminist and participating in the movement, just search online for local groups you could join to make your contribution. The Pankhurst Centre in Manchester is a great place to start doing some research if you're based in the UK like me.
Without wonderful human beings like you, feminism would never have made such an impact in the world. Good luck!
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