Feminism is for everybody.
Usually when people see the word “Feminism,” peoples’ first response is, “I’m not a feminist, I’m just a decent person,” or “I’m a humanist.”
You can be both a humanist AND a feminist. Many people don’t want to associate themselves with feminism or the movement because of the behavior of the radicals.
If you are complaining about feminists and their behavior, then all the feminists YOU have seen are the problem. You can’t look at one negative tabloid or hear one negative comment about something and then brand it as terrible or biased.
That’s like a chick going around and saying, “Men ain’t shit.” First of all, it’s “boys ain’t shit,” since men are what you’re supposed to be looking for and, second, all the boys YOU mess around with “ain’t shit”. You need to look at what you’re doing that keeps attracting “ain’t shit” boys.
So, if you’re around feminists who “ain’t shit,” take a look around and see how you’re community is attracting “ain’t shit” feminists.
Furthermore, “Feminism” and “humanism” are being interchanged and the reality of the matter is they mean two COMPLETELY different things.
“Humanism” means any system or mode of thought or action in which human interests, values, and dignity predominate.
Feminism is simply a movement to end sexist oppression.
That’s all it is.
Feminism is for everybody.
There’s actually a book on the subject called Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics written by a woman bell hooks. She kept her name lowercase so as not to seem more important than her readers and I respect that. Most people who have not studied the feminist movement think it’s all about empowering women.
That’s actually step one. Or, we could say, the first half of the movement.
But some of the reasons as to why the feminist movement isn’t hitting off is because of propaganda.
Incorrect, you sexist prick.
Let me give you an idea of what sexism is by first giving you dictionary.com’s definition:
- attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles.
- discrimination or devaluation based on a person’s sex, as in restricted job opportunities; especially, such discrimination directed against women.
bell hooks’s deﬁnition of feminism, as seen in her book Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, is:
Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.
I think I like bell hooks’s definition better. In fact, click here to see a list of quotes from her book Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics.
And as much as I would LOVE to continue with the feminism discussion, simply writing about it isn’t going to do you any good.
You have to see it.
So, below, I have some related articles.
- Feminism: We are not calling for equal inequality (feimineach.com)
- Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, by bell hooks (bookedallweek.wordpress.com)
- She Was Raised To Believe Women Are Worthless. You Should See What Changed Her Mind. (becomempowered.wordpress.com)
- No one deserves to be raped (becomempowered.wordpress.com)
- Watch A Student Totally Nail Something About Women That I’ve Been Trying To Articulate For 37 Years (becomempowered.wordpress.com)
- See Why We Have An Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds (becomempowered.wordpress.com)
- Feminism a movement for Liberation (newageoftruth.wordpress.com)
11 thoughts on “Feminism is for Everybody.”
Thanks for the homophobia, kiddo. It’s so nice to see how desperate you are to distance yourself from us ugly, hairy dykes. And it’s so nice of you to call Robertson sexist without even acknowledging his bigotry towards women like me.
Heterosexual feminism; it’s for everyone! (Except dykes, because eeeew.)
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Are you being sarcastic? I can’t tell who you’re saying “Thanks for the homophobia” to.
sorry but where is the homophobia here? she was simply saying Robertson was wrong, nothing about how she personally felt about lesbians or anyone else. What he said was wrong; being a feminist doesn’t make you attracted to women. And he is being quite sexist by simply making those judgments, so I honestly cant understand why you’ve read this out of the article? when did she say anything about ‘except dykes, because eeeew’?
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If it’s about equality, why is it called “feminism” and not “equalism”?
It’s called “feminism” because it starts off discussing women’s issues. Do we recognize that there are men’s issues, absolutely, but we start off discussing women. Feminism is simply a movement to end sexist oppression and the only way that can happen is if we are all educated on what sexism actually is and to empower others.
And, no offense, but “equalism” just doesn’t sound right, though I do get your point.
Because the term fails to acknowledge the fact that in our society there is an unequal distribution of power. There’s this incredibly pervasive misconception that feminism is about creating some kind of utopia where women have risen to power, but it’s not – and the reason people think of feminism that way is because they’re led to believe that gender inequality is a thing of the past, which is wildly untrue. Feminism is about creating a balance, which right now does not exist. Terms like “humanism” were specifically created so men can disassociate themselves from the problem and remain complacent without having to take any responsibility for the current state of our society regarding female oppression and sexism.
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This is the best response to this argument that I’ve ever heard. Thank you.
I would argue that it isn’t about equality – it’s about equality for women. Can you name a single thing that feminism has done for men? Not as a byproduct of another cause but solely to help men?
You can’t – there aren’t any. In fact, men are excluded from feminist causes on purpose. If you look at some of the causes that feminists like to champion:
Both men and women are stoned to death, yet feminists only see the stoning of women as a problem.
Genital mutilation (not circumcision, although you can see the difference there too) is performed on both boys and girls in the same parts of the world – yet feminists only see the genital mutilation of women as a problem.
Men fall victim to violence more than twice as much as women, yet feminists only portray violence towards women as a problem.
I could go on, but instead I will say this: feminism has always been about the liberation of women. It’s only in the minds of the extreme feminists who believe that men are better off in all aspects all the time in all situations that feminism will lead to equality, but to say that feminism is about equality would mean that feminists would fight against the issues that men face as well, and that is simply not the case.
Feminism is equality for you, it’s not equality for me, I am excluded from that equality because I was born with a Y-chromosome.
And in my country, Sweden – the more feminist country on the planet…it’s beginning to look like “Völkisch equality”.
The way you label feminists is how some girls label boys. You know, “My man cheated, so all men cheat.”
I say the same to you; you look at some feminists and say they are all a problem.
I’m not going to deny that there are feminists out there that don’t look at mens’ issues, but I assure you that I am not one of them. I am looking at both sides of the issue. In the U.K. 40% of the victims of domestic abuse are men.
I invite you to look at this post: Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue. It takes a different look at domestic abuse and it’s from a MAN’S point of view.
I also invite you to watch this video: 7 Cowardly Words From A Totally Sexist Stranger Sparked This Courageous Response, also from a man’s point of view.
“Feminism” isn’t the issue. It’s the people not know why are they feminists to begin with and portraying the term incorrectly.
Feminism prioritizes women, and why is that a bad thing? It is men who are in a position of power in our society, so why should women – again – have to cater to THEIR needs? Why are people so threatened by a movement that isn’t afraid to call people out on their sexism? What’s so bad about women standing up for one another? Feminism isn’t about female supremacy. It’s about gender equality. People just don’t seem to grasp that even now, gender equality has not yet been achieved. Why is it that women still get paid less? Why is it that women are constantly raped and murdered because of the fact that some men just don’t seem to grasp the concept of consent, and are led to believe that they are entitled to sex? Why are women constantly publicly shamed for doing what they want with their own bodies? You’re acting like you’re being oppressed by feminists, when really you’re just afraid of having your privilege taken away. “Excluded from that equality” – are you actually being serious? What does “being excluded from equality” look like to you? Because that’s literally what women experience every. Day. And when you say that men fall victim to violence too, you do realize that the majority of crimes are committed by men and not women, right? And that it’s a direct result of the ridiculous standards in our society, the very standards feminism tries to subvert? Or are feminists, in your opinion, the ones that are responsible for the current state of our world? Feminism prioritizing women as a result of female oppression being much more prevalent has ZERO negative consequences for men. Do some fucking research.
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#BlackLivesMatter is still so much less important than Feminism! As long as ALL women are oppressed by patriarchy why do we even worry about a very narrow oppression example – just a single race?