Team Buro Answers: What is your definition of feminism?
Feminism. What was once used to advocate for women to have rights is now a term that gets thrown around rather casually. But do people understand it? It's about equality. Back in the day, women were denied the right to vote, to education, to owning their lives. It's better today, but not in completion. Men have feelings and can be victims of violence. Women can fight and have interests in things like cars, science, you name it. Feminism is about all of us, regardless of gender. Equal humans.
Feminism is a conscious effort of believing in and lauding the innate strength of women, and to banish stereotypes and unjust perceptions that women can't do the same things as men can do. Research has shown that no one person can fit the male or female stereotype perfectly, and that our differences weigh more than group-level gender differences. The right mindset plays a big role-believing in yourself as a woman who can achieve anything is key, and to know that we strive better as a group.
Feminism has always been defined as having equal rights between the sexes, but while gender equality is important, achieving that starts with ourselves and how we treat one another. Women need to support women. We shouldn’t be putting other women down. Lend them support whenever and wherever they need, build them up, and work to empower each other. A small act of kindness makes all the difference. While I myself, am still a work in progress, that, to me, is what being a feminist starts with.
Oxford dictionary defines feminism as "the belief and aim that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men and the struggle to achieve this aim". I often think about how far we females have come. Having the right to vote, more women in the workforce and the birth of the #MeToo movement. I believe in equality for all. Feminism to me means having the bravery to speak out against unfairness and injustices; levelling the playing field so that everybody has a fair chance to succeed.
Gone are the days when women are undervalued and underestimated! Feminism is about celebrating all the intricacies of womenhood and striving for gender equality. It is unfortunate that a portion of society still thinks that the feminist movement is one that undermines men. Let us banish that thought now and forever: feminism is holding each other up; it doesn't matter if you're Asian, white, black, rich, poor, straight, gay, or trans. We can do better. The keyword here is equal, equal, equal.
Feminism is intersectional—it's inclusivity and equality for all women, men and everyone in between, and it transcends race, sexual orientation, and social class.
To me, feminism is an action. It's these five things: (i) fights for gender equality (ii) women supporting women, (iii) women who celebrate other women's victories (instead of feeling threatened), (iv) does not hold herself higher than others but rather as an equal, and (v) someone who is not afraid to stand up for the helpless and the weak. Ultimately, just an all-around good human being who is compassionate and empathises with all gender types. Happy International Women's Day, everyone.
To me, feminism is to create freedom for women of different races, sexual orientation, age groups, gender identity, religion, nationality and et cetera. There should be equal treatment and opportunity for all genders to achieve similar opportunities across different fields of work and culture. Women should be respected and taken seriously with the decisions that they make.
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