I spoke with a man yesterday who said that all feminists should be lined up and shot. Really? Mass genocide is how we are going to fix the problem of misunderstood intentions and differences in beliefs? Right. Let us all go back to the ideologies of Adolf Hitler, why don’t we?
That aside, he also made claims that feminists hated men and that they are racist by nature. He claimed that white women did not have the social power to, and I quote, “shit on” white men so they had to succumb to them and use some sort of superiority complex over black men to take out their anger.
Feminism is not man-hating. Feminism is not racism. Take that from an African American feminist.
Feminism is working to create the opportunity for gender equality. Feminism is the idea that no one deserves to be paid less or to simply not be employed because they might not have the dedication for the job because of their biological ability to conceive children. It is the idea that those people who give life to the future doctors, lawyers, teachers, bus drivers, friendly neighbors, social workers, and even to the men out there who have the audacity to say that feminism is a disease, should not be punished for having a womb and doing something miraculous. Because guess what? Women can be successful mothers and business people. They can perform a surgery in the morning and make it to their son’s soccer game in the late afternoon. Feminism is the idea that we should give those women the opportunity to access their full potential regardless of the fact that they might have to take maternity leave.
Feminism is also not race-specific. It is equality for any woman of any color. Do I believe that certain races of women have greater obstacles to conquer than others? Yes. Do I believe that that makes feminism synonymous with racism? No. Though I agree that historically certain races have had it harder than others, the point of feminism is not to continue that trend. The point is to create a world in which that no longer matters. A world where a black woman, a white woman, a hispanic man, and a white man can make the same amount of money for doing the same job at the same quality.
So forgive me, my dear feminist-hating friends, for not understanding your phobia of women who stand up for their rights. I understand that there are extremists who maybe make it seem like feminism is rooted in a blazing hate for men, but they are just the most outspoken, not the majority. I agree that what is widely written about and spoken about on the news and social media revolves around those who spend their time yelling about how “the man” is oppressing us, but should not be the face of feminism. The face of feminism should be Emma Watson who calls out to men, asking for them to partner with women to combat inequality. Or Sojourner Truth who knew it was not enough to just escape slavery, but chose to speak out against the oppression she had faced.
So for all of you who would, to your own extent, like to line up all feminists to be shot, take a moment to think about whether or not you actually understand feminism at all.