An Introduction to Feminism
By: S. Costa Franco
Ah, feminism. This is a word we hear constantly in our modern-day society. Although so many do not know what it is. The actual definition of feminism is "the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes."
Many do not know this, but there are several different types of feminism; these include:
People tend to dislike the word feminist and at times even use it as an insult for many reasons. Some of these are:
Feminism encompasses equal rights for all, as well as access to opportunities and the need to be respected as a human. It does not mean that either men or women are superior, but that none should be denied their rights. Human rights are not limited. Simply because one group is granted more rights, it does not mean other groups will be given less. The ideology is that all groups are treated with justice and equality. However, many say that because women are different from men in some aspects, they cannot be treated the "same", therefore feminism and the fight for equal rights are invalid. It is fundamental to state that "equal" does not mean "same". Equality refers to respect and access to equal opportunities, as well as not being denied human rights. Also, some believe that because men are biologically stronger than women, and therefore are superior and must have more opportunities. This argument is not altogether valid, as in the past, social hierarchy placed those who worked with agriculture in rural areas at the bottom. Nevertheless, these citizens likely had a much greater physical strength due to manual work and are still placed at the bottom.
To understand one's view on feminism, it is important to ask questions such as what your personal views on the issue are to see where you stand and to be educated about the true intentions of the movement to be able to form an educated opinion.
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