Feminism is a hot topic. It is a topic that brings about outbursts of emotion and endless debates. In most cases, the backlash and murmur are coming from points of less information. More often than not, endless arguments are sustained by ignorance and debate from opinion rather than knowledge. We need discourses backed up with information to have a fruitful discussion, or to this end, silence is golden.
What exactly do you understand about the idea of feminism? Your understanding of anything influences how you will table your points, either as a proposer or a violent opposer. My sincere advice is that you avoid talking from the point of ignorance or less information. You will always make costly mistakes and lose respect. I am not somebody in gender studies, so I will not promise the most informed opinion as far as gender is concerned, but let’s see what is available here.
Wikipedia has this to say about feminism: Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes.
From Eastern Kentucky University, Women and Gender Studies:
Feminism is an interdisciplinary approach to issues of equality and equity based on gender, gender expression, gender identity, sex, and sexuality as understood through social theories and political activism.
From oxford languages: the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
Forbes online post of March 8th, 2017, had the following to say:
The advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.
The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.
All these combined seem to take a format of gender equality. There seems to be a need to make men and women equal in their performance of the duties of life. Stanford University has provided a further classification in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, where feminism is postulated to take four major forms: liberal feminism, socialist feminism, Marxist feminism, and radical feminism.
I will end these technicalities here and dive into a discussion. Feminism sentiments are teetering in the gamut of liberal feminism to the extremes of radical feminism. Like all social debates which seek our attention, all these might have erupted from an important point of consideration. That women have been maligned and sidelined will not be questioned by anyone well informed on historical facts and figures. Most societies and cultures have had women being kept from vital decision-making forums. Most women have had to be kept out of the classroom, not based on the economic inability or intellectual incapability, but simply because that is not their place. We have seen cultures that do not count the opinion of maidens on their marital choices. The men discuss and make arrangements, and the young woman only receives a “press release” that you are going with individual X to be his wife. Most of our mothers are not as educated as our fathers because education was a reserve for the males. Women have had to survive all these without a murmur till some bold pressure groups have come out to claim the need for better consideration.
Maybe if you have had a little interaction with the Holy Writ, you can remember the case of that woman who was caught in adultery. The men who brought her before the Champion of love claimed to be keeping the law of Moses and so demanded her life. The law of Moses applied aright, demanded the death of the adulterer and the adulteress, but here are the teachers and faculty members of the Jewish economy bringing only a woman. The Saviour commissioned the guiltless to cast the first stone, and no one remained in the scene.
When you hear all these facts, you realize that feminist movements are not baseless debates. There are factual observations that need to be discussed and put into perspective. But a vital question comes almost immediately; how should we do it? Society’s response is vacillating between radical and liberal feminism; which one will work? Among all these jeerings, could there be toxic feminism? Could there be people taking advantage and sowing seeds of death among our women like hooligans do under the pretext of peaceful demonstrations?
I want to give you the surprise of the ages by making a declaration: I am a feminist. Feminism, for me, is simply empowering women. This empowerment is not aimed at making them be like men but to get the best version of themselves. My version of feminism is not based on gender equality but to ensure women remain women in a more powerful way that makes them perform their roles well in society. The aim of a sensible woman should not be to be like a man because men do not represent the highest capacity of achievement. We must accept that men and women are different, not in a way that makes one inferior, but unique. The uniqueness of men and women is a gift to humanity, and we can harness it to make the best in the world. The world needs powerful women who are feminine in all their duties. An educated woman who seeks to be the best woman is a woman I would want to relate with, not an educated woman who seeks to be like a man. Let us raise our voice against the toxic issues served to our women, especially in their vulnerable situations. For me, it is purging the toxins and asking women to seek to be covered in the embodiment of masculinity.
I saw this confession and I think all women should watch this:
I know that there have been those who claim to be feminist who seems to fight masculinity. They are out to knock life out of anything male. They are responding to gender-based historical mistakes by hatred of the male being. This is another toxin we must eradicate from society. We all need men, we all need women. We must rise above the cheap debates that cause chaos in the society.
We cannot solve gender violence and injustices by hate and quibbles, but by facing issues head-on. If we have refused to let our girls go to school, then we must let society know the importance of Educating the girl child, not fighting men. If women have been ignored on the decision making tables, our voice should be to make the world realize that women are Incubators of ideas.
Women must fight for a worthy end, and this is not to be like men.