The other F word

The dictionary defines feminism as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Essentially feminism is gender equality. Gender Equality also known as sexual equality, is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.

The whole phenomenon seems to be misinterpreted as a comparison or competition between men and women. Every single human is different from the next. I am different from my female friends, my male friends, my siblings, my parents. We all have different strengths and weaknesses and we need each other. We all choose different roles in our work and home and those are personal choices. Currently, over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men simply because they are females.

Unfortunately, women have become their own worst enemy seeking “equal rights” but in truth seek preferential treatment. A lot want the reward/right but are not ready to put in the amount of work, sacrifice and dedication required.

I know women and men that are against feminism and see it as a threat. They do not believe that men and women are “equal” but whenever I probe further I hear explanations to do with traditional roles of women cooking and housekeeping while men are the providers. People bring up marriage and who should do this and what not. I cannot reiterate enough that whatever you believe a person should do, kindly believe that on yourself because every individual has a right to choose their path. It amazes me that even educated people cannot seem to get past the fact that the roles a person decides to play is a personal choice and nothing to do with equal rights of a female and male. The level of minuscule thinking on this simple phenomenon is amazing. What is even more perplexing are those that use the word to propagate their personal choice of taking naked pictures or dressing skimpy in public. Your sexuality or sexual activities has nothing to do with the rights of every woman. Please tailor such campaigns to you and your fellow friends.

I have had female friends tell me, men and women are not equal. I always have to ask, are you saying if you work just as hard as or harder than a male colleague at your job, he should be promoted over you? Are females against feminism saying they don’t deserve an equal shot at education, politics, justice and social opportunities just because they have a vagina?

You are either greater than, equal to or less than. There’s nothing wrong in being less than but please adapt the belief that you are less than to yourself alone and not all women. You should say to yourself “I am less than every male”, do not say “women are less than men”.

A male paying for your dinner or opening doors, females cooking and getting naked are a person’s preference or choice. Those are nothing to do with rights or equal opportunities. Any situation peculiar to you and not necessarily another female cannot be described as prejudice against women.

If feminism was defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of the female sex based on the belief that one’s own sex is superior” would that make it more acceptable or easier to understand?

Most are able to understand the concept of Racism as prejudice against a person based solely on their race. This makes me think that there is a deliberate effort to sabotage the quintessence of being a feminist.

FEMINISM is basically fighting against any notion that makes you inferior simply because you were born female. Any concept, belief, impression, idea, perception that says NO to you and YES to a man, not because you did not put in as much work, not because you do not have as much dedication, devotion, ambition, talent and drive is what feminism is fighting against. This is why WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS!

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