Here’s to clarify some lies about feminism:
Lie: A feminist can’t be feminine or ‘girly’
Truth: Feminism doesn’t care about what gender you are, whether you prefer One Direction or Foo Fighters, your sexual orientation, what your favourite colour is, etc.
It just cares if you also want equal rights for all the members of the society: whether man, woman or a non-binary.
Feminism doesn’t care if you curl your hair every morning or wear the same clothes every alternate day.
Lie: Feminists hate men
Truth: Feminists don’t hate men. They hate sexism and the patriarchal society.
They hate the idea of one person being superior or inferior, biased by gender and no other qualification.
Lie: There is no need for feminism now since everyone knows about it
Truth: Just because everyone knows about it and women have been empowered in some ways doesn’t mean they are accepted as equals.
Many women still get paid less while working for the same hours and doing the same jobs as their male counterparts, women still are the ones that contribute more to the households, brutal practices like honour killing, etc still prevail.
Lie: Feminists are only women
Truth: Yes, there are male feminists. We have been learning about male feminists since our school years: Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Jyotiba Phule, Jawaharlal Nehru, all fought for women rights when they were being oppressed by the male dominant society.
You just need to be smart and have a little brain to be a feminist. No one cares if you’re a boy or a girl.
Lie: Feminists run away from motherhood
Feminists hate the societal pressure of producing children but that shouldn’t be miscomprehended as all feminists hating the idea of nurturing children. Feminists hate the idea of not having freedom of making that choice.
If feminists could have a penny every time someone rolled their eyes because they identified themselves as ‘feminists’, they’d all own multiple Lamborghini's. Next time you judge someone because of their beliefs, make sure to Google what the concept actually is because the possibility of you not misjudging the concept is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Written by Durva Bhatt
A bibliophile who is fuelled entirely by caffeine, sarcasm, fandoms and random thoughts.