Feminism: What Does It Mean To You?

It’s fairly obvious that the definition of feminism has become somewhat twisted, despitedownload it literally meaning ‘the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes’. See that word, equality? Well, it seems to have gotten lost in translation. So I want to know, on the basis of this actual definition, what does feminism mean to you?

Feminism means many things to me. It means the eradication of everyday sexism, equality opportunities for all, and acceptance of all everyone, regardless of race, sexuality, religion, etc. It means the ability to do what I want in life, without my gender restricting me.

But it also means education. Since delving into my feminist side, I’ve learned a lot of things on a variety of different topics. I’ve learned that black people cannot be racist against white people, because racism is a societal structure that oppresses a certain group, but they can still be prejudiced. I’ve learned that saying things like ‘man up’ and ‘like a girl’ are harmful to both genders, because they reinforce gender expectations. I’ve learned that you can be pro-porn and still consider yourself a person fighting for women’s rights.

These are all feminist topics. Everything to do with equality and fairness, and starting discussions on difficult topics, including PMS, mental health, and FGM, is to do with feminism. But what does it mean in everyday life?

To me, feminism means the ability to work, to drive, to go outside alone, to manage my own money, and to wear what I like. It’s made up of all these little things that we quite rightly take for granted – feminism means being free to go about my life and do what I like, without being restricted by my gender. Being a feminist simply gives me a label to stick on the feeling of being outraged at inequality.

So what does feminism mean to you? How has it impacted on your life?

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5 thoughts on “Feminism: What Does It Mean To You?

  1. Hello.
    (Sorry, my English might not be very good, I’m French)

    I quite agree with you. I consider myself to be a feminist, first because I believe that equality and respect should be for everyone, whatever their gender, their skin colour, who they sleep with, who they pray or not and the way they live their own life. Unfortunately, it’s not (yet?). So we need to be feminist and we need men to be feminist too! It’s not just women’s problem, as certain people/women claim it sometimes (It annoys me). That’s what equality also means, we are all people, let’s fight for respect together.

    From a much more personal point of view, I’m a feminist because I claim the right of not to be considered as an object or a prey because I’m a woman. Of not to be called “darling” by strangers on the street.Of not to be assaulted, beaten and raped. Of not to be told that women should not go outside, alone at night or if they do so, to bad for them, because men have needs to satisfied. Of not to be called a slut because I got raped. But, I’ll talk about that, at great length, in my next blog post (in a few days), so I won’t dwell on that too much, today. It may interest you to read it? (I blog in -bad?- English).

    Thanks for your interesting post. Have a nice day. Ali.

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    1. Thank you for commenting! I wholeheartedly agree. My (male) partner identifies as a feminist, and I truly believe that we need to work together in order to achieve equality. Which is nothing new to feminism. Please do send me the link to your next blog post, or link through to mine – I’d love to read it. And your English is great, don’t worry! 🙂

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      1. Hello,

        Well, after a long struggle with myself, I finally published that post, I spoke with you about. A HUGE and very personal article about fanfictions, violence, rape and rape-culture, love, feminism (a little bit) and my own experience of all this.

        It’s here: https://pinkbutprickly.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/beautiful-bastards

        I’d be very happy, if you could tell me your opinion. Because to be honest, I don’t feel very confident about this post. But if you don’t want to, it’s OK. I will continue to read your blog, anyway 🙂

        I also made a link to your blog since mine.

        Have a nice day 🙂

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