12 thoughts on “Why Feminism?

    1. I have also read about how vast majority of Americans believe in equality for women in the workplace and the home, yet refuse to call themselves “feminists”. I think their distrust actually represents an indictment of modern day feminism. The term “feminism” has been hijacked by a minority of extremists who have redefined it as “gender feminism”, which has led to abhorrence towards the term.

      1. How interesting. I’ve never noticed these extremists during my travels in progressive circles. I’ve only heard conservatives yell about them so I assumed they were straw men (or straw women) arguments made up only to “prove” how bad feminism was. I always thought I was a rather far left guy. Guess I need to get out more.

    1. I am glad if that is the case. Thank you very much. We are so high on labels these days that we have to bring them into play to justify our pure intentions. 🙂

  1. If only all the feminists out there came to know of this post and learnt from here. Most of them just go overboard and pursue silly things in the name of feminism. I do fully agree with the gender equality point of view. But still, people in general should know what they are fighting for instead of just going with the crowd.

    1. I positively agree to you. People are still oblivious to the dynamics of “feminism”. I am not a fan of the term but we still require labels for people to identify us with the issues we feel strongly feel for. Women need not bring it into play every time to substantiate trivial things, rather let it aid and assist us to provide overall well-being to women. Thank you for stopping by and raising your hand in harmony with me. Appreciate it.

  2. Excellent post, well captured points. Wanted to add a few.
    – Feminism is simply seeing women as humans. Women are not goddesses. They do not need to be put on a pedestal (in fact this is another way of harming women by creating unrealistic and unfair expectations on them). They make mistakes and they should be allowed mistakes, because they’re human.
    But as humans, they must have the same rights. So, feminism is about rights, not privilege.
    Feminism is also good for men because men do not have to be considered weak for being sensitive, for having anxiety or depression, for failing, or for not earning x amount or pursuing unconventional fields or for simply being human. Feminism allows men to be caring and empathetic and enjoy being connected and sees these qualities as healthy rather than weak.
    Misogyny demonizes not just women, but also men, who are forced to be these macho, robotic, unfeeling wierdos, who must “man it up” and wreak havoc on the world through aggressions and wars because they must “get angry” when things don’t go their way and to “working with people” is “weak” and “unmanly”. Misogyny punishes women for being independent and men for being empathetic.
    -Thus, feminism humanizes not just women but also men. The world will be an emotionally healthier place if men don’t have to be macho and women don’t have to be weak and everyone is just allowed to be human.

    1. I love it when somebody writes a huge comment to express them over a subject. Each and every word speak directly to my heart. There is not one sentence I don’t agree with. No one needs to be on a pedestal but truly how they are. There shouldn’t be unrealistic expectations from either side. Thank you, Priya, for warming my heart with your considerate and thoughtful words.

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