“FEMINISM, the 8 letter word, that is MISunderstood, MISinterpreted and MISused.”
I have been needing to expound on this issue for a long while now. These days, the most widely recognized things we read in the news, are rape, sexual abuse, marital assault, ladies inequality, harassment and the rundown continues endlessly. Everything is made into a colossal issue and given the brand name FEMINISM. "I walk stripped out and about and no person or man ought to see me" Why? It's Women's rights - FEMINISM "I wear what I need because it's my body and nobody ought to draw close to me and pass remarks" Why? Women's liberation - FEMINISM. That makes me ponder, do we women, have any thought regarding what really feminism is? What's more, do we even acknowledge what effect it's having in the general public today? Also, in particular, what impact it's having on the men of our general public? Furthermore, the appropriate response is plain certain and basic. NO. WE DO NOT HAVE THE SLIGHTEST IDEA OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES CAUSED.
What is feminism? Well passing by the lexicon meaning, woman's rights is, and I cite, “the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” That is all it says. In basic layman's dialect, feminism is ensuring ladies get their equivalent rights, and ladies are treated similarly, ladies get a similar position opportunities, work pay, and needs a man gets. That is the thing that women's rights is. Feminism IS NOT diminishing a man's rights. It is NOT rebuking a man for each and everything occurring around us. What's more, above all, FEMINISM IS NOT MAN HATING!
Before I say whatever else, we should attempt to stroll through and think how the idea of feminism rose. All things considered, the extent that I can consider it, in long time past days, amid the season of our great grandparents and grandparents, child marriage was a tremendous issue. So men and ladies were married at 8 years old or 10 and advised to begin a family at an extremely youthful age. Women were deprived of rights, like going out of houses, socializing, laughing loudly, education and lot more. Well, looking back at that today, it looks like inequality, but think about it during that time, people had absolutely no exposure, and even men weren't too educated, so their thinking was confined. Now I am not saying they way they lived was right or wrong, I am just saying that during that time they didn't see it as inequality, they didn't realize that the society was unjust.
Indeed, as time passed, things inevitably began changing, and here's the place the issue developed, or so that is the way I see it, the more seasoned era stalled out to where they were and declined to proceed onward.
The older generation got stuck to where they were and refused to move on, they being parents, started imposing the same to their generation, and well the current generation started questioning everything, they felt like their freedom was being taken, things surely did improve, but unjust was happening, and in all this, WOMEN got affected more than men.
Well that is the thing that history says and that is what is doubtlessly happening. Ladies were constantly viewed as not as much as men, in light of the fact that verifiably, ladies were dependably intended to cook, keep the house clean and begin a family, while the man went for work, and was the breadwinner of the family. That is the manner by which it was historically, and still keeps on being.
As time passed on, as women began getting educated, they too began seeing dreams and ambitions, and wanted to go for work. Now, let's be honest folks, things ARE CHANGING. And have changed a considerable measure excessively. I mean contrasted with the opportunities our parents got, we are getting loads more. Furthermore, definitely, the coming generation will get more opportunities in life as well! It's not an overnight change people!
Getting back to where we were, I personally feel, that the word feminism, is misunderstood, misused and misinterpreted in many ways.
How is it MISUNDERSTOOD?
So there are 2 kinds of people in the society, one who believe in the actual authentic idea of feminism, and the other who don't quite know what what feminism is, and just use just for the sake of using it. Ladies and gentlemen, I AM NOT AGAINST FEMINISM. I AM VERY MUCH A FEMINIST MYSELF. But there are certain limits to everything in the society. Being a feminist is not wrong guys. That's also something that has to change. We women have shaped up feminism in such a wrong way, that guys and men are terrified of feminists.
How is it MISINTERPRETED?
Women's rights is against the activities men do and the issues ladies confront. It's not against PEOPLE. Society just can't take in the reality, that we ladies are no more going to endure being docile and treated not as much as men. Here once more, we are not against men, we are against the society and its historical thinking, which treats ladies unequally.
How is it MISUSED?
Now, just because we are feminists, it doesn't give us the right to misuse the word for every circumstance. There are certain laws, where if a woman accuses a man of harassing her, then its unto the man to PROVE HIMSELF WRONG. I am nobody to scrutinize the law, yet there are ladies who abuse this, and there are such a variety of pure men getting confined. This is not why women's rights was begun, but rather sadly, this is what is occurring today.
You might be wondering, if I am a feminist at all since I have put women in the negative role here, but the fact is, men are being targeted for no reason. YES, there are men in the general public who utilize ladies and treat them severely. YES, there are men who assault ladies. YES, there are awful folks out there. However, lets confront it, there is GOOD AND BAD to everything! There's constantly two sides to a coin. Keep aside this and ask yourself, WILL THIS SOLVE ANYTHING AT ALL? Not all men are the same. There are great men out there! In any case, to sum up everything, and put each man out there under a red light, just because a specific rate of men are terrible, is by no ways redress! That is not what women's rights is!
We should all leave this world, and begin taking a gander at both men and ladies similarly, because women's liberation is about ensuring both ladies and men are dealt with similarly, not denying men, and making them look bad, and practicing your right. Feminism is not about confining the wrong man for a wrongdoing he didn't do! Women's liberation is not summing up and depicting each man in the general public as a miscreant!
And also, men need to be more supportive. Don't run away when you find feminists, make an effort to understand them and their point of views. Because since history, women have always been treated unequally. So it's kinda justified if they behave the way they are doing today. So give us women some support, love and care! Prove us wrong when we say all men are the same. Prove us wrong when we say men are a threat to women! Prove us wrong when we say guys are not trustworthy! For even men have a responsibility in the society.
Feminism is making the society realize that women are equal to men, not above men, and deserve same opportunities in life. It's about respecting women and treating her equally. Let's all work together and actually achieve walking shoulder to shoulder in life with our heads held high! Let's strive for a day when the term feminism is no longer needed!
Let's put an end to gender stereotyping!