In certain spaces, the word feminist/feminism connotes angry, bra-burning women, holding pitchforks and wielding ‘WE HATE MEN’ placards.
There seems to be this misconception that feminism is a big propaganda – see a quote by Pat Robertson below:
The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.”
When I see quotes like this, I can’t help but chuckle!
Feminism, when broken down to its core, is simple – it’s about gender parity. The aim of feminism is to create a world where being a woman doesn’t limit your chances in whatever you want to achieve.
Even though it may feel like the ‘feminist movement’ started gaining traction recently – it actually dates back to the eighteenth century!
Since the beginning of time, women have been advocating for better opportunities and doing groundbreaking things. One of my favourite books to read which highlights the incredible things women have done through history is the ‘Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls’ series (you can buy them on Amazon – book 1 and book 2).
I get asked a lot why I identify as a feminist and what feminism means to me.
Feminism only has one definition, but it means different things to different people. Listening to these meanings is essential to understanding what the movement has done and can do for humanity.
Feminism, to me, is a society where there is equal opportunity for men and women – regardless of race, socioeconomic status, ability, or sexual orientation.
A world where gender stereotypes are broken.
A world where a woman isn’t forced to choose to be one or the other – why can’t she be both?.
A world where you’re allowed to embrace your sexuality.
A world where it’s ok to be a career-driven woman or a stay at home mum.
A world where a woman is allowed to be whatever version of herself that she chooses to be.
A world where boys aren’t told to be boys and girls aren’t expected to always be in pink and frilly dresses.
Feminism, to me, is standing up and speaking up when something isn’t right.
It is having a voice at the table.
Feminism is us collectively creating a world where gender will not define how big you can dream.
Whether you’re a man, woman or identify with any other gender across the spectrum, I hope together we can create a change in the world. It starts with you.
My name is Amina, I am a feminist, and I would like to ask what feminism means to you?
7 thoughts on “What Does Feminism Mean To You?”
Feminism is allowing the female gender be and giving her equal opportunity to express herself and reach the zenith of her career. No oppression, no suppression of any form. A mechanism that allows self esteem.
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I couldn’t agree more. Feminism definitely has bad PR but at its core is equality. Simple and short. I believe that women should be able to dream as big as possible and achieve these dreams without limitations or stereotypes of any form.
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Thank you for sharing your view on feminism. I totally get it on the bad PR, I guess we just need to collectively stand up and express our views. Hopefully we’ll be making the world better for ourselves and the future women 💕
Feminism to me is simply Freedom.Freedom from all the female gender stereotypes.Not having to limit my goals because I’m a woman.Some people believe there are certain cars I shouldn’t think of driving because “I’m a woman and it’ll chase away my husband”.What if I don’t want to marry in the first place? Why should the car I drive determine if I’ll get married or not?Why should marriage always pop up in a sentence that includes women?Aren’t there greater things for us to achieve?That’s where feminism comes to play for me. I strongly believe women should have equal economic,social and political rights.Such that owning a certain car or wanting to achieve certain things won’t be seen as over ambition but simply a human being trying to be the best she can🤷🏾♀️.
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I can totally relate with this. Just remember to keep standing up for what you believe in, speak up if someone tries to take away an opportunity because of your gender. The world needs more feminists – we need to create a better future for the younger generation of women 💕