November 19, 2018

BY SARA SASILA

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A certain F word has been around for years, yet, in today’s world it is a word that makes some people cringe.

Feminism. We will never really understand why people are so against feminism – what is so wrong about fighting for equality?

Some would argue that feminism in today’s society is far different than it was years ago. What once meant “a group fighting for equality” now means “an anti-male group consisting of bitter women,” which in all cases is completely ludicrous.

Where would we be without feminism?

Being a feminist means believing in the power of equality. However, some say that feminists only believe in the power of other women. That being said, those who say that don’t understand the impact that feminism has had in our era for women.

For centuries, women have and are still fighting for gender equality – socially, politically and economically.

So why are feminists being bashed? Could it be that those who hate feminism aren’t educated about what exactly it means?

With the way our culture and the media treat women, and the immense anti-feminism movements that have been going on for decades, it is difficult for young people to get the right information about feminism and gender equality.

The ever-so-popular actress Shailene Woodley said she is not a feminist because she “loves men.”

“I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, then take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance,” she said in an interview. “I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other.”

She later goes on to talk about how she considers herself a “humanist” instead.

Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, is a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador. She launched a campaign called HeforShe back in 2014, which aims to get men involved in the gender equality movement.

“I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” she said. “If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. Feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”

We, as individuals, need to acknowledge that feminism is not just a women’s fight. It is a fight for all those who don’t have a voice. It is a fight for equality for all, which, despite being a problem for centuries, is still a problem today.

The views herein represent the position of the newspaper, not necessarily the author.

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