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Being a Feminist

Updated on April 6, 2015

What is feminism?

Feminism is the belief and the fight to give equal rights to women. The biggest fight is to get equal wages for equal work. Another very popular fight is that women cannot be seen for their bodies.

Women, through feminism, have received the right to vote in most countries, do have the freedom to work and go to school. Before, the jobs reserved for women was teaching jobs and health care jobs. Women, and men, have fought for women to be able to be scientists, construction workers and leaders of their countries (Different countries use different terms so I do not use Prime Minister, President, Dictator, etc.).

There is still some fights, in some countries, to give women the right to vote, drive and work. It is not in every country that has been changing as much as European and North American countries.

Extremists vs. the truth

Extremists, often, give feminists a bad name. They will give off the vibes that they hate men and that they are lesbians. Most feminists DO NOT hate men. Most of us love men. Men have an important part in the feminist's life.

Of course, NOTHING is wrong with being a lesbian but it people assume that ALL feminists must be lesbians. Which honestly isn't true. Most feminists are straight women. Just because extremists bare their chest, does not mean that they are lesbians. The extremists only bare their chest to say that they want to be in control of their bodies.

Feminism is about wanting equality compared to men and want to be in control to their bodies. They also do not want to be reduced to their bodies. Equal wages for equal work is what feminism has been going for. One of the first things that they had fought for was that they wanted to right to vote. After the first world war, women slowly got the right to vote.

What do you think about feminism?

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What we can do to change people's POV!

Clear the definition of feminism. Take out the hate that has been put into the name of feminism and make it about equality again.

Have men and women fight for equal right for women but also make feminists realize that men are subject to inequality also. Men are judged about being more emotional or wanting to dress more "femininely".

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    • Ashley CathcartM profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashley Cathcart-McKinnon 

      3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      Think about what we here the most? A lot of feminists transmit the message that they hate men.. The extremists put out that message and it is quite sad.

    • Akriti Mattu profile image

      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      Feminism was and never will be about man hating. If people think otherwise, they're wrong. Also if women who claim to be feminists hate men , they are PSEUDO-FEMINISTS bringing a bad name to the movement.

      I am a feminist and i DON'T hate men. I have and always will speak in favour of equality for BOTH the genders.

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