…you probably are a feminist. Here’s why.
It’s the modern F-word, stigma and all.
When you think of feminism, if you haven’t read a lot about the topic, there’s a good chance the first images to pop into your head are hairy, angry, short-haired, man-hating women with picket signs and trash cans of bras on fire, reeking of perspiration and gasoline.
Only, that’s not what feminism is.
Feminism has been demonized since around the 1970s. Why? Media coverage deliberately spun early feminist movements to turn women against each other and away from furthering political causes that would inconvenience the rich, old, white dudes in power. What’s even more obnoxious is that this crap still happens today and unfortunately does influence the public to trivialize and discard many feminists’ voices.
So, do you agree that all sexes should have equal social, political, and economic rights?
Yes? Congratulations, you’re a feminist!
(If you said no, I’d recommend broadening your horizons and reading more femlit because you’re probably bigoted elsewhere, too.)
This is not a women’s issue. This is a people issue. I cannot emphasize this enough. Feminism is for all sexes and works for the benefit of all sexes. The status quo of the American patriarchy sucks for us all because it oppresses not just women, but also men, and especially people using other sex-identifiers.
Think about it. We have very strict sex/gender roles in America.
As a brief example, men get shit for not acting “manly”. Men aren’t allowed to be sad, or emotionally “weak”. The only “masculine” emotion is anger. Men aren’t supposed to want to touch or be touched by each other, either, unless it’s aggressive and/or athletic. Shy of what they’ve received from romantic partners, many men have been deprived of emotional intimacy through much of their lives.
Women get shit for not acting “womanly”. Women have access to more professional and economic opportunities yet too often face the same domestic expectations in their homes. Even CEOs are still expected to be “super moms” in their “off” hours. Women in positions of power are publicly viewed as cold and bitchy. No matter what a woman’s profession, not only is she supposed to look as effortlessly attractive as possible at all times, she’s supposed to want to look impossibly attractive, too.
Further, people who fall outside of the sex/gender binary get shit for their entire sex/gender performance. They are especially chided for not fitting any of the roles “correctly”, and many fear for their physical safety because of the constant threat that other people could choose to attack them in a barbaric, desperate effort to ignorantly enforce toxic social norms.
I vote we change those rules and the norms they govern. Let’s cut the shit and restructure how our society functions so we all live better, happier lives.