Actually, it does matter. You’re right — it shouldn’t be more important than the cause — but the term “feminist” is a huge part of that cause and it is very, very important.
Contrary to what those disgusting women might have said, a person who uses sexual assault as a tool for punishment for any reason is not a feminist. If feminism was Islam, those women would be Al Qaeda. Just because they say they’re feminists does not mean they uphold the beliefs laid out by the cause. There is absolutely no excuse for that.
As for the word “feminist” itself, it absolutely matters that we use this term. Feminism, while it does clearly define the belief as the cause for gender equality in society, it specifically acknowledges the fact that women are the ones being oppressed. Any oppression of men by the patriarchy — e.g. the belief that men cannot be victims of sexual assault, or the idolization of masculinity to the point where men feel they are unable to show any kind of emotional weakness — occurs as a direct result of society’s demonization of femininity.
I hear people all the time saying “Well, why can’t we just be equalists? Why do we have to support feminism?” because they think feminism means we want women to be the ruling class. First of all, we would never want that because we know what it’s like to be under the thumb of the ruling class. We’re not going to do that to anyone else. Feminism is the cause for gender equality specifically focusing on fighting against the demonization of femininity.
Those Ryden tweets are not ridiculous, because she’s 100% right. Feminism is what got us the right to vote. Feminism is what finally allowed us into the workforce and it’s still fighting for us to reach the same level as working men. Feminism is what forced society to start to see us as fully capable human beings — though we still have a long way to go.
Saying “well, I’m not a feminist but I do believe in gender equality” is just like saying “well, I don’t see color but I do believe in racial equality.” It intentionally ignores the fact that women are struggling more than men. It’s a way for someone to come across as supportive while avoiding the actual issue. Calling yourself an equalist where feminism is really the appropriate term is a microaggression because it’s a subtle method of refusing to make anyone uncomfortable. Feminism needs to be called feminism because it makes people uncomfortable.
“I wanted to say, ‘Hey ladies, you’re beautiful,’. Hopefully, this changes things and maybe it won’t change things, but I love it.” - Nicki Minaj on the Anaconda music video
Get your spooky on with this movie list which are all available on Netflix for you to watch! I will also be adding a none netflix STREAMING link for those who live in Narnia like I do :D
1.Nosferatu. (link) Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and…
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