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Feminism

Updated on June 22, 2016

Now I am female. Am I a feminist? To be honest with you, I would love to say yes but I have absolutely no idea and I will tell you why.

I am unsure about being a feminist because I was born in the Western world where women have equal opportunity as men nowadays when we once didn't. We can vote, drive, work, be who ever we decided we wanted to be. Some women are politicians, others are travelling the world in the army. So down to this, I would say that I am not a modern day feminist because I have the same opportunities as men. Can I do everything a man can do? Certainly not because men and women weren't built the same way. If they were, I would think that the world was an extremely boring place. I know that I am for one in awe with what men can do and what women can do and the different mindsets of achieving the same goal, whether that be providing for a family or trying to make the world a different and better place for future generations. Yes, okay, women will always be a subject of sexism, but you know what? So are men, although we don't hear it as much. I have also found a blog on tumblr which I couldn't help agreeing with called womenagainstfeminism.tumblr.com, but not only is just women on this blog stating their opinion, it is why they don't agree with modern day feminism and I personally was nodding along with other women's opinions because I believed they had some truth in what they were talking about. Yes, I didn't agree with all the opinions but I also found it interesting to see why they weren't a feminist themselves.

But would I be a feminist if I was born female in another part of the world such as the Middle East or parts of Africa? I think I certainly would be because in these places, women don't have nearly the amount of rights I do in the Western world. This is because women in these places are seen as only to provide a family and to stay at home to look after children when the male of the family goes off to work. This is something I would personally hate and I can completely understand why women, for example Malala Yousafzai, have stood up for women for wanting an education and wanting to get a job to get a better life for themselves and their family.

This is what makes me unsure about if I am a feminist or not, clearly because of where I was born and grew up and knowing that if I was born somewhere else, the situation would be a lot worse than I know it.

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      dashingscorpio 16 months ago

      "I would say that I am not a modern day feminist because I have the same opportunities as men."

      Being a feminist simply means you are (in favor) of equality between the genders. You want equal opportunities and equal pay for the same work.

      It has nothing to do with you already having such things and therefore you're no longer in favor of them.

      "Yes, okay, women will always be a subject of sexism..." - Very true!

      Simply put a feminist is someone stands up against gender inequality whenever it raises it's ugly head!

      This may include sexual harassment in the workplace, the rape of military women as well as those on college campuses, discriminatory hiring and promoting practices in certain companies, the right to birth control and so on.

      Protecting one's rights is as important as fighting for them!