Hello readers, and welcome to 2015! I hope everyone had an amiable farewell to 2014, and were able to emerge from the depths of your champagne-induced headaches to begin your New Year’s resolutions with punctuality.
Or were at least conscious enough to enjoy that all ten seasons of Friends are now on Netflix.
In any case, this year I actually made a resolution for the first time in several years, and I want to make it happen. Yes, technically I made two resolutions, but I already failed at the one since it’s now 2015 and Phil is still alive.
As it happens, I’m more focused on spreading information on feminism because despite being 2015, there are so many misconceptions still afloat about it, TIME Magazine actually had “feminist” listed on a poll of words to ban this year.
I imagine some of you may be thinking, Feminism? Seriously? Why does everything have to be about feminism? Or perhaps, I’ve never been a victim/perpetrator of misogyny, so feminism isn’t all that important. Some might think, Feminism is nothing but a group of single, fat, ugly, hairy women who hate men and eat the souls of babies. Still others may even be angry, thinking, This is misandry! Men are the real victims here, the feminist movement will destroy America.
To you, my dear readers, I say: because it’s important, not everything is about you, you’re confusing feminists with a monster probably found on an episode of Supernatural, and you’ve clearly stumbled upon this blog by accident, but please stay because you are grossly misinformed.
Part of my resolution includes #FeministFriday, where I will write an educational post every Friday with a Feminist Fun Fact. Truth be told, not all of them will be fun in the traditional sense of the word, but I’m not exactly a stickler for tradition, and I really like alliteration.
Kicking off our first #FeministFriday, we’re going to go very, very basic, and just cover the definition of what feminism actually is, because people are still confused about this.
Feminism [fem–uh-niz-uh m]: noun.
Origin: 1890-95, French féminisme
1. The doctrine – and the political movement based on it – that all people should have the same economic, social, and political rights, regardless of gender.
2. An organized movement for the attainment of such rights.
(Please note that nowhere in the definition does it mention anything negative toward any gender.)
Feminism is, at its core, simply the belief that the rights and treatment people receive should not be based on what’s found between their legs.
Pretty straight forward, isn’t it?
I’m sure some of you are wondering that if feminism is about the equality of all people, why isn’t it called something less inflammatory, like equalism, or humanism?
So glad you asked.
First, the word “feminism” is only considered inflammatory because of stereotypes and prejudices against the movement, which have mainly been created and encouraged by misconceptions about feminists. These misconceptions – such as their plot to destroy all men – are things you should know or be on your way to learning are not actually true. Go ahead and read the definition again, and let me know if you find anything inflammatory. I’ll wait.
Second, feminism isn’t actually about equality, but equity. Equality is about sameness, or giving everyone the same thing. This is good in theory, but really only works if everyone is starting at the same place. Equity, on the other hand, is about fairness. Rather than giving everyone the same thing, it gives everyone access to the same opportunities.
Finally, it’s called feminism because females are the main benefactors from the movement. Males absolutely benefit from feminism, but female, transgender, non-binary, gender-fluid, and other non-cis male peoples are the genders that are underprivileged and under served by our patriarchal society, and equal rights for the genders will be attained by advocating for the rights of the underprivileged. The same goes for the Gay Rights Movement, it’s not named the way it is because gay people should be treated better than straight people, but because gay people are in the inferior position in society and need to be raised to equal rights.
That should be plenty to think about for our first #FeministFriday. Leave any questions or comments below, and see you next week!