How many of us actually consider ourselves true feminists? Really think about that. Many of us may think of ourselves as true feminist but what does that really mean? Here are 4 things to consider when trying to answer this question:
1. The plain and simple definition
The Google definition for feminism is simply the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes and honestly, that’s all it is. Nothing more, nothing less. The only thing that feminist want and fight for is to have the same rights as men. There is no logical reason as to why women can’t have the same rights so why not?
2. The stereotypes and how we relate them to feminism
How many of us don’t consider ourselves feminist because of all of the stereotypes linked to feminism? There are many stereotypes that are connected feminism that just shouldn’t and that might be the reason why you may not consider yourself a true feminist. Whether or not you want to consider yourself a true feminist, it is important to acknowledge that feminism is not about its stereotypes. Some of the stereotypes include thinking feminist hate men, don’t shave, are lesbians, are always angry, and this list goes on. Come on now! It’s time to eliminate the stereotypes and go back to the real meaning of feminism.
3. Knowing that sexism and feminism are NOT the same
When thinking about feminism, you must first acknowledge that feminism is not and cannot be in relation to sexism. Sexism is discrimination on the basis of sex. Going back to the definition of feminism, it is solely about the quality of the sexes so there is no way that sexism could even be linked to feminism. So please, let’s all get this idea out of our heads.
4. Women of color matter too and always have
Pretty much all or most of us have seen the media pertaining to the beginning of the feminist movement. Most of the media, if not all, only brought light to white feminist. As we should know by now, feminism isn’t only for white women and all women should have equal rights by now…right? Wrong. Sadly, as much as we’d like to think that all women have equal rights, it’s not necessarily true and is more commonly shown within the pay wages of women of different races. White women are at the top while women of color are still making less. With that in mind, there is still a lot that needs to be done to fight for all women which means there needs to be more support of the true feminist movement.
With that being said, are you sure you know what feminism is?