Student’s Corner; Understanding Topics Better: Feminism

Ashley Lanuza, contributing student writer from San Gabriel Mission High School.

November 13, 2013 • 571 views

The social stereotype of feminists, nicknamed “feminazis” is that they are a group of rambunctious and highly aggressive females who only want rights for women. However, upon extensive research on the subject, this stereotype, is, after all, a stereotype (an otherwise misunderstood faction of a rather larger community). So, as to clear away some fog on who these activists truly are, I will supply your brain with basic information on feminists, leaving you to create your own opinions.

According to dictionary.com, feminists are “advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.” Though there a variety of feminist types, from liberal to radical, historylearningsite.co.uk  state that they all argue on five society-shown concepts: patriarchy, discrimination, gender stereotypes as displayed in the media and education system, financial dependency on a patriarchal figure, and the emotional-support factor of family units. According to http://library.thinkquest.org, feminists aim for equal work-pay between females and males and certain rights on medical issues, especially those involving the female body. One of the subgroups in the feminist movement, the liberal feminists, aim for more rights for women without drastically changing the current social structure. The other distinct subgroup in this movement is the radical feminists, who want a complete overthrow of the current patriarchy. However, keep in mind that men are involved in this movement. They strive for this equality as it affects men also, most distinctly, on the social level. Anyhow, feminism is not about creating a matriarchy. Rather, it is to equalize and pay attention to the gender gaps within our society.

Antifeminists are exactly what their label sounds like: those against feminism. According to historylearningsite.co.uk, critics state that the movement is too negative and make women seem like “passive victims.” Also, the website’s source mentioned that the movement is too aggressive and ignorant, as it seems to only focus on one (racial) group. According to an antifeminist site, ladiesagainstfeminism.com, women are “for maidenhood, modesty, virtue, intelligence, womanly arts, and femininity. ” Using Biblical responses for women, the founders encourage females to pursue their God-given roles in society. On the topic of “feminism,” the website concludes that women and men are spiritually equal, but can never be equal in the society-sense. This movement argues that spiritual equality amongst genders is the only type of equality that matters and that we’ve always had this type of standing. All in all, the antifeminist movement contradicts the feminist movements on their basic belief that feminism is not entirely necessary in our current world.

Now, it is your turn to create your own personal thoughts and morals on gender equality/inequality. Feel free to continue with research on the topic and form your opinions.

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