Feminists, anti-feminists, radicals, extremists, etc. The list of terms to identify who you are and what you stand for goes on and on. It isn’t as simple as being a feminist, no there are subcategories through the roof. Feminism is just the broad term for being a female in todays society, and it is thought that if you aren’t one then you shouldn’t be a women. These ideals have been around for years but they have become increasingly stronger with the passing of time.
Feminists are women who fight for their right to control their own bodies and their own destinies. They want to be able to be on equal footing as men, they want to be thought of as more than a pretty face and a housewife. They want to be equal and to be treated with respect. Something I highly agree with, however, there are extreme feminists. Those women who will wear nothing on while they are parading down the street with a cardboard sign in their hands. There are women who will refuse to shave just because its thought to be a societal ideal. These women think that they need to expose themselves radically in order for some point to be made. This I don’t believe in.
While there are radical feminists, there are also radical antifeminists. These anti-feminists think that women should be owed nothing. They believe that women should remain as they are or better yet be stuck raising the children without work. These people are extreme anti-feminists, just like the radical feminists.
There is a happy medium between these two extremes, which I like to think of as the modern generation. People from the millennial generation understand the difference between being extreme and being an activist. These women understand that there should be attention focused on problems that are bigger than they could ever imagine, the sex slavery in other countries for example.
Feminism is a hard word to define in this time. There have been a lot of questions I have heard, “if your a feminist does that mean you don’t shave?” “you have nothing to complain about you live in the US where your equal” “you are fighting for something you won years ago”
All these statements that I have heard have elicited a different reaction from me each time. Feminism is not just one idea, its not just one type of person, its the umbrella that holds numerous different variations of women. It is the center building block for our kind.
It doesn’t matter if you come from a place of rich people and opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you come from a country who has broken every rule in order to become the great success it is today. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what it means to be sold into sex slavery or to experience sexual abuse. The fact is that you are a women, you have to speak up and defend those who cannot. Women all over the world have experienced unmeasurable amounts of pain and suffering due to their gender. They are seen as nothing and are abused time and time again. They don’t have the voice to speak up for themselves so others must help and do it for them.
There are extremists, radicals, neutrals, and very neutrals, all on a different spectrum of feminism, but if you call yourself a women then you are inherently a feminist.