You Call Me a Feminist Like it’s a Bad Thing.

You Call Me a Feminist Like it’s a Bad Thing.
A few years ago I was having a bit of a rant to a friend of mine, (this is not unusual for me), when she turned around and told me that I ‘sounded like a right feminist.’ Although I can’t remember what we were talking about, her comment has stuck in my mind ever since simply because she used the term ‘feminist’ as though it was an insult.
In modern day society it seems that it isn’t ‘cool’ to be a feminist. I frequently hear derogatory comments made towards those who do identify as feminists because the world has made accusations and assumptions about them. The real meaning of the term ‘feminist’ has become lost due to the vast amount of negative connotations that have been associated with it over the years. It would seem that these days, when most people think about feminism they imagine a group of angry, middle aged women with nothing better to do than complain. They imagine women who refuse to shave their armpits or wear a bra. They imagine women who must be either lesbians or spinsters because they hate men.
Firstly, I just want to quickly say that if someone chooses not to shave their armpits then it doesn’t mean they are a feminist, it just means that they realise their body is their own to do whatever they want with. Secondly, I cannot stress enough the fact that feminists do not hate men. Contrary to popular belief, feminists are actually capable of developing feelings for men and sometimes even form deep, lifelong relationships with them. It may also come as a surprise to learn that, even though they aren’t spinsters or lesbians, men can be feminisms too! You see, unlike the patriarchal society that we unfortunately live in, feminism does not discriminate against someone because of their biological sex! I know, hard to believe, right? The stereotypes that have been constructed portray an incredibly negative view of feminism and, unfortunately, the true meaning of what it means to be a feminist has gotten lost over the years. A feminist, in its truest definition, is simply someone who believes everybody is equal, and therefore believes they should be treated as such.

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