The F-word!!

I have no idea what you are thinking but I was thinking of the word “feminism“. So, what’s feminism? If you plainly just google it, you will find this:

Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism)

And, what’s feminist then? A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism)

Feminism is not a new concept and was coined back in 1837 but in the last couple of years, it seems like everyone has an opinion about it and wants to be associated to it (especially the rich and famous). So why did I choose to blog about this? Hmmmm! How and where should I begin? First, I guess you need to understand my take on feminism.

My understanding of feminism is about –

Liberating women without condemning others in the process. 

Insuring equity first then equality. (Equality is about sameness but equity is about fairness and justice)

equity-vs-equality

Being a feminist doesn’t mean you need to or hate men.

Feminism is for everyone not just the woman.

Organised movement advocating on behalf of women’s rights and interests in political, economic, and social equality.

Perhaps, I should share with you of what I have perceive of the feminist movement around me. Especially when people are starting to use it as part of their everyday language. This is what I think; the word “feminist” or “feminism” is so loosely used that it started to feel like it is becoming just another ornament or fashion statement among many women. Each of whom seem to have their own definition or idea of what the word actually means.  And at times with women claiming to be a feminist seem to be causing more harm than liberating women. Some women think by being a feminist therefore it is about “us” vs “them”. But is this truly helpful in bridging gender divide? Aren’t we pushing those we need most to be on our side to advocate our “feminist” cause. Not only that, I also feel that the word itself promote “exclusion” especially in our current gender diverse world. There are all sort of injustice done towards people of all genders, sadly the reason is just as mind-blowing as it is just because of their gender. Just as how disability-related terms had changed over the years, I think it’s about time the word “feminist” needs to evolve.

I consider myself taking many of its value and embrace those feminist ideals but with so many people including women seem to have a great misunderstanding of this movement creating subtle and harmful stereotype which I do not condone to. Thus I take more of a humanism approach.

Humanism is the commitment to the use of reason in human affairs, applied in the service of compassion. – Hans Jürgen Eysenck, 1916–1997, psychologist

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