My blog’s name is A fabulous feminist. Why? Because I’m a feminist, and maybe a little fabulous? Whatever the case, the alliteration was too good to pass up.
When Jemima asked me to guest write on her blog, I was really excited and pondered what I should write about. I thought about my blog, and what was at the very core of it, and this post was born.
Why am I feminist? For many reasons, a few of which I’ll illustrate here, that you may be familiar with, or may deepen your understanding of what feminism is.
First of all, I am a feminist because I believe that all people, regardless of their gender, deserve equal rights and opportunities. That is what feminism is about— equality! It really is as simple as that. Unfortunately, though, the word alone causes people to refute it, declaring it to be misandry, associating the word with ‘man-hating’, something which, funnily enough, is not equality, and thusly not feminism.
Secondly, I am a feminist because, as related to the above reason, I see the contempt toward the word ‘feminism' as it is directly linked to women, and not men, and the reaction to this by many is anger. People argue that if feminism is about equality, why is it called feminism? This distaste furthers the knowledge that we live in a patriarchal society, that a word that is linked to women is rebuked because of that very reason. This view is even more ridiculous when you remember that we are all a part of ‘mankind’. Mankind.
Feminism is about equality, and if you can’t handle the word, don’t focus on it. Think about the ideology behind it.
Thirdly, I am a feminist because I understand that there is inequality amongst the genders, in all countries of the world, and I believe that is unacceptable. Not only do I believe it, I know it is. I see that there is a wage gap. That men are often valued above women in the job industry. That men are told they can’t be sensitive. That men and women are stereotyped beyond excusability. And I will not stand for it.
To be a feminist, you simply are a person who believes that all people should be treated equally. There is no disclaimer that says you must identify yourself as a feminist, and complete some kind of initiation ritual! If you believe that all genders deserve to be treated equally then you are a feminist.
So, why am I a feminist? Because I believe that all genders should be treated equally. In short, I’m a human being.
Please go over and have a look at Anna's blog, A Fabulous Feminist. I love her posts and think that you guys will too!
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