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I have spent an awful long time trying to define what Feminism means to me, bouncing between sociological terms such as liberal, Marxist and radical, agreeing with some parts of the definitions and being unable to fathom other parts of their ideologies.

Truth is, I think that for every person that identifies as a Feminist and quite honestly, even those that don’t, there is a different definition. And I think that it is okay. The second a notion as large as feminism tries to get pinpointed to one definition, other than 'equality', is when the term gets confined, claustrophobic and becomes un-relatable to it's users and the people that need it.

I know that my circumstances demand things from feminism, things that to another person, maybe of different age, Gender or culture, may find totally irrelevant. This doesn’t make their needs any less than mine, but nevertheless, still different. I know that 15 year old me wanted different things from feminism than I do now. When I first identified as I feminist, I did so because I hated being cat-called and felt singled out and was made to feel uncomfortable for having breasts. I wanted to be treated with the same respect as the man walking parallel to me, whose physical features were not shouted at him, as he walked down the same street as me. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate getting cat-called, but as I have learnt more about myself and other people, I know that this is just one of the many issues that feminism fights against.

I used to think that feminism just fought against patriarchy, and that the only thing standing in the way of equality for all, was to radicalise that way that things are ran. To some extent, I still believe this, but as I have experienced more, I now believe that deep rooted societal norms also have to be challenged in order for equality to happen. The more I have learnt, the more I realise that it isn’t just an issue that centralises around your biological sex, but also the gender that you relate to. As long as you identify as a human, feminism supports you.

Not too long ago, a video became viral about why a person didn’t identify as a feminist. She outlined issues and fired out statistics about male Domestic Abuse and male versus female rates of incarceration.  It was being shared all over my social media, alongside comments such as 'finally, someone has said it!'. I got irate at the hundreds and thousands of people all over the world that had liked and agreed with the fact that the premise of the video was anti-feminist. I wanted to shout at my phone ‘THESE ARE ALL FEMINIST ISSUES’. I have never spoken to a feminist that doesn't believe that a woman’s rate of pay should be lower than a man's, who is doing the same job, nor should a man’s sentence in prison be longer than a woman’s for committing the same crime. I think that it is tragic around 40% of domestic abuse victims are male, yet help, such as crisis centres and refuges, appears to be less accessible to them. This is an issue of the equality of the sexes and as a feminist, I believe that something needs to be done. Don't get me wrong, I'm not 100% sure how yet, but I believe that it probably stems from out-dated societal values that have no place in the 21st century and are better off being eradicated.

Gender is a synthetic idea, therefore even if you don't identify as being on one end of the gender spectrum, Feminism will still support you. Stereotyping, objectification, infringements of human rights and gender or sexuality-based oppression and all feminist issues and something that shouldn't be happening.

I hate sounding preachy when I write, but I believe that the more people who acknowledge and identify and understand these issues, the quicker inequality will dissolve. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below, or visit my contact page. 

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