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Feminism should not be a dirty word

The term #feminism is often misrepresented and provides a misleading perspective on its meaning. All too often the word "Feminism" evokes that “smh” sound one makes while sighing and shaking their head.

If you look up the definition in the dictionary, you will see the following statements. Feminism is:

➡️ The advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes

➡️ The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

➡️ The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

However, there is a lot of confusion over what feminism is and what it entails. In its core, it’s about equality - not sameness of the sexes. Feminism means equality for all genders; that includes men as well as women. The issue of equality shouldn’t be based on physical characteristics, but rather on the right to have access to opportunities that may be exclusive. We should focus our efforts on providing equal opportunities rather than achieving “equality by design” for both men and women.

Feminism has become a dirty word, and for no good reason. Feminism is often misunderstood and a lot of people are not familiar with it. It seems that everyone is afraid of being called a feminist because they think it means someone who hates men or wants all women to be in charge.

Feminism is not about letting women overtake men. The goal of feminism is to give women equal rights, and not to take anything away from men. A movement to end sexism, discrimination, and oppression. It is not about hating men. It's not about women wanting to be like men. It's not about women wanting to gain power at the expense of men. Feminism can be seen as a movement that calls for society to value the contributions of all genders equally and provide equal opportunities in education, health, employment, housing, government, and any other place where systemic inequality persists.

What’s your take on feminism?


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