The "F" Word: Feminism

February 10, 2018


DISCLAIMER: This blog post has a large number of opinions from myself and others and also includes facts about the history of “feminism”. It is in no way meant to push my beliefs onto anyone. It is simply to inform readers about a subject I whole dearly. Please, do not take offense to anything stated if you do not agree (Opinion: A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. Fact: A thing that is known or proved to be true).
At this point in time, 2018 has been the year that we as humans and creatures of this planet push the belief of equality and justice to society. And although this has been happening for years and years, it’s becoming the topic of discussion in the mainstream media and has opened a lot of people, young and old, up to a more open-minded kind of thinking when it comes to “Women”. Most people who find themselves believing in the equality of women (and men) have grouped themselves in a category commonly known as “Feminists”. Others refuse to be put into the category even though by definition*, they are one. While I can completely understand where the negative connotations of the word “feminism” come from, I don’t believe that it is justifiable to hate on the group as a whole. If we take a group of people and then suddenly label them because being of one negative thing a single person did, how does that make society look as a whole? And while society has definitely got some issues that need to be fixed, one should start with no longer stereotyping something they don’t understand or refuse to understand. Whether its race, religion, gender, or any other belief, hate usually seems to come with a lack of understanding.
Modern day Feminism is bringing in a new wave of men and women to the limelight who are fighting for a similar cause that maybe starts with equal pay but really expands into more of a way of life that we as human have grown to understand is necessary for us to feel welcomed in this life. There may be thousands of obstacles and millions of people trying to hold back what needs to be done, but no hurdle is too high to jump over. Are you a feminist?

*Feminism: NOUN {mass noun} The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. -Oxford Dictionary.
The “F” Word
Hawwaa Ibrahim

In recent years, the word feminist has been turned into a word that is almost as bad as swearing or damning someone to hell. With numerous videos surfacing around the internet that degrade women, no one wants to be called a feminist anymore. And although you do not need labels to stand up for what you believe is right, why did it turn so negative in the first place? Let’s take a step back to the early years of feminism:
Feminism can be described as an economic, social, and political movement for not only the expansion of opportunity for women but for the representation of equality between men and women for similar or identical causes. Some of these causes may include, (and this is one that is used a lot) equal pay, education (around the world), and sexuality. Feminism can be separated into multiple waves whether it be the 19th century or the late 20th century. However, the earliest account may go as far back as 1854 when the first female nurses were appointed as adjuncts in the military in Florence. While adjuncts aren’t an essential part, it eventually opened the door for women to serve in the Military.
Moving on, the movement of feminism and/or Women’s Rights began in the United States in the early 1860s with Susan B. Anthony and other suffragettes. Around this time, the UK was also starting their movement. Successful in their ways, marches, and protests, many women around the world have gained the right to vote and be outspoken with their opinions in politics and economics. However, when it comes to politics, there’s always unpopular opinions for or against something. With the addition of bra burnings in the 60s and empowering songs in the 80s, it seems like feminism came from nothing to something and then right back down to nothing in the most recent years.
While some may say that the passing of the 19th Amendment was a gateway for women all over the US, there is a different attitude when it comes to those who are outside of the “Majority” group. Especially when there are ten times the amount of odds stacked against them. And while I cannot speak for every race on their Earth which may include Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans, I can say that I, myself, have faced certain situations where I may speak my opinion about an issue regarding the equality of women and men and get disregarded only to have someone else who isn’t a minority repeat the same issues and be praised for their opinion. The fact that they have the same mentality as me when it comes to the issue isn’t at all a bad thing, but the equality of women within different racial groups is a definite thing that needs to be fixed and talked about more. That also goes for the treatment and respect that someone of the masses may get over someone in the few.
Taking a step out of the U.S.A. and other highly developed countries will bring you into a world where even thinking about standing up for your rights, which are human rights, is the worst thing you could ever do and sometimes may result in death. It is the burden that has been put on women around the world. We all might as well be locked up for the rest of our lives if we think that whatever happens outside the places we live doesn’t apply to us. I believe that once one person is being treated unfairly, we are all being treated unfairly.
Recent empowering women, including Malala Yousafzai, Yara Shahidi, and even supermodels like Cara Delevingne, have been using their platforms of social media to remind this new generation that being a feminist isn’t a bad thing. They are breaking stereotypes of women and standing up for not only their personal gender but men too. This must continue to be seen as a sign of strength. Not just bitchiness, bitterness, and PMS. Maybe the negativity around all started because of the fear from certain people that women may take over the world and replace the men in charge. Fear can lead people to do unbelievable things, either good or bad and people will do and say crazy things in order to protect themselves.

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