I am a feminist but…

by Chenai Mugunyani


I feel like the term FEMINISM/FEMINIST has been dragged through the mud, confused, misunderstood -not forgetting misused! *facepalm*

FEMINISM:

noun
1.    the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
synonyms: the women’s movement, the feminist movement, women’s liberation, female emancipation.

 

So basically, in layman’s words FEMINISM is just YOU, fighting for gender equality, nothing extra or less, nothing to make someone shift uncomfortably in their seat or overthink what feminism is all about. No need to come up with weird notions of what the activism is all about.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, lets open the can of worms, shall we?

*facepalm*: FEMINISTS ARE MISANDRISTS – ok can we seriously talk about this! Because I am fighting for EQUALITY, it doesn’t mean I strongly despise (as the definition would say) men in the process! Feminism does not mean feminists hate men, or that we think all mean are bad or rapists or whatever other crazy notions people come up with.

*facepalm*: FEMINISTS ARE ANTI MARRIAGE – boy oh boy! What happens is, now this is simply my understanding, I want my partner and I to be equal, I do not want to be under some patriarchal movement when I am married! That is not too much to ask for nor absurd now is it? And that clearly doesn’t mean I hate marriage now does it? Gender equality is what we are here for!

*facepalm*: FEMINISM BENEFITS WOMEN AT THE EXPENSE OF MEN – this one, I will allow, only because some women do this in all honesty, stay with me here, it’s all rosy when we scream we want equal rights, I am a feminist or feminism and shove it down people’s throats! But talking the talk and walking the walk are two different things! Yes, I said it! If you are going to claim to be a feminist and walk around holding the torch high, you might as well act it to, DO NOT BE A hypocrite.

There are so many perceptions out there, and trust me I have time, I want to tackle as many as I can! And while we are all gathered, I am not going to leave out the feminists who pull out the ‘F’ card when and only when it suits them. We see you, do better!

And look, feminists are not only women, men can join in too, after all, it’s all about gender equality 😉.

To be continued…seriously

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