Why I Am A Feminist

I recently saw a video by the Huffington Post about white feminism and it raised a lot of important issues that need to be considered. I saw the video on Facebook and unfortunately looked through the comments and so many people were posting comments like “We should work towards equality instead of feminism” or “Feminism is the problem”. The world feminism for many now is seen as a negative and it’s core values are so frequently misunderstood or dismissed.

I think one of the main issues is the way the media has portrayed feminism. Extreme feminism is more frequently documented, alienating the cause and misconstruding what feminists believe in. It is no secret that there are a lot of issues in the media with how both men and women are represented and feminism strives to understand and better these representations.

A common misconception of feminism is that it fights for women to be in power over men. This simply isn’t the case. Google defines feminism as:

“The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.”

However this is not to say that feminists do not care about the treatment of men. Feminists understand how gender roles can be damaging to both men and women and how society puts pressure on both genders to conform.

I think feminism should be taught in schools from a young age. The Always #LikeAGirl advert shows how early sexist remarks that seem harmless can actually impact young people and begin damaging self esteem and confidence. I believe children should be taught media literacy so they can understand the messages and examples they are exposed to on a daily basis. I believe this will benefit young people and equip them with the knowledge they need to make better strides to a more equal society.

If I had to sum up why I am a feminist I think one of the easiest ways is to explain that I have a mum, sisters and female friends. I would never want those people to miss out on opportunities just because they are women. I want them to feel valued and have the same opportunities anyone else has throughout their lives and careers.

I am considering doing my dissertation for university on something around women in the workplace and whether they get the same opportunities. I might write more about feminism as I continue to develop my blog as it is such an important topic that really interests me.

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2 thoughts on “Why I Am A Feminist

  1. Hi Ben,

    I am honestly overwhelmed with your incredible post, I think it points out the most important things about being a feminist. I am a feminist because of all the reasons that you have said, I think sometimes it is because people don’t fully understand what it means to be a feminist and that is hurtful, because it is something that effects so many people. For example Everyone has a mother, sometimes they might have a sister but they will have female friends, why should someone’s life be dictated to them by gender.

    My grandparents had a conversation with me, and they talked about a woman’s right to vote, and they compared it to that, a little bit extreme, however my Nan did turn round and say you would have thought almost 100 years later (1918) we would have got further with the rights of women.

    The thing that really got to me was the truth about women not caring about men, it’s completely barbaric that people would think that women wouldn’t care about a male’s rights, we should live in a world where we should have equal opportunities, and be able to work hard and be given the same opportunities/benefits!

    Thank you so much for writing such an incredible post!

    Love, Amie ❤
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