I get angry when I see what is going on in the world, when I read a newspaper, when I read short stories on the internet. How all the injustice is so obvious, how people still fight for their rights all over the world, even in leading countries such as the US. Today, I want to write a post about a very controversial topic, specifically feminism.
For me, not being a feminist wasn't an option. I have always been a feminist, whether I acknowledged it or not. Because truth is, no matter how many people try to tell me I don't need to be a feminist because I live in a western country and we're so progressive, there is still inequality between the genders.
It's not like feminism is exclusively benefitting women. It also benefits men in the way that many feminists want to abolish traditional gender roles, which puts a pressure on men to be strong, dominant and masculine. If you, as a man, don't follow these norms, you're more likely to be called gay, f*g, or even a pussy.
Many counter arguments to feminism include "you only want equality unless the inequality benefits". (Examples of how inequality between men and women would benefit me includes reduced prison sentences due to my gender, among others). But I don't want that, because doesn't that imply that I'm weaker than men? That I can't handle the same things they can, that I can't face the same consequences for the same crime?
There are of course different types of feminism, some good, some bad.
Examples of bad feminism is when it's exclusively white (people of colour not included), if it's exclusively cis-gendered (transgendered people not included) and when it looks to turn the positions, meaning you're wanting to oppress men instead of women. This destroys the whole idea of feminism standing for equality.
Good feminism is supposed to be inclusive to all genders, colours and sexualities. Only then can it truly be for equality.
Feminism is so important in my life, especially in times like these when a man like Donald Trump gets to be president for one of the most influencial countries in the world.
Do not be afraid to call yourself a feminist just because of the minority of bad feminists. Feminism = equality, not man hating propaganda.