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Millennial Feminism – Are we doing it right?

Thoughts about contemporary feminism by a woman metamorphosing

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Do you agree that you should not set boundaries on what a woman can achieve? Do you think that anything a man can justly do, a woman can do it too? If your answer is yes, you are a Feminist! The definition of Feminism is “a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes.” Even though these are deemed to be the fundamental human rights not many are fortunate enough to experience the same, but I am the lucky ones. Being born as a woman didn’t stop my family or friends from letting me follow my dreams. Instead they imparted me the skills to fight for what is right and how to love ferociously and ardently. I couldn’t have been a freewheeling roving spirit without my support system which I call “family.” In fact, they were all unpremeditatedly vouching for feminism. We need more of such feminists to change this world for better.

It’s not acceptable to be tagged by gender and to set limits on what an individual can do. Have I ever felt discouraged? Yes, from the very same slice of society who have a different mindset about being a woman. Being a feminist doesn’t mean that a woman doesn’t need a man in her life. Being a feminist doesn’t entitle that a woman won’t give birth. Also, being a woman doesn’t mean that she can’t be single, or she can’t be childfree. It’s all about their choice as an individual to choose what they want in life.

However, it’s disappointing to see that these days the interpretation of feminism has watered down to nothing more than a petite psychotic marketing campaign. We need to do so much more than just the hash tags. I feel those so-called movements only undermines the real idea of feminism. This contemporary feminism is more like the useless rants that just echo on the internet, and I don’t think it has so much to do with the real scenario. If youngsters like you and me could make use of this time to instill some knowledge to a child despite the gender about the power of education, equality, the necessity to respect our counterparts, self-worth, and self-love to develop a feminist consciousness within, there comes the revolution.

I live in a country where the woman is being fairly treated and respected as an individual. However even I have noticed incidences wherein women were being rude to their fellow beings. For me, it looks like a weak attempt of feminists rhetoric to get attention. Please don’t misunderstand, I am not trying to make a sweeping assumption here, but when male miscues are all-encompassing denunciation; objecting to such loose statement is considered as an indication of conspiracy. Concurrently, similar impeachments of women need to contemplate as sheer bigotry. I second the controversial comment which earned Margret Atwood as a bad feminist title recently’ ‘women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviors, this entails, including criminal ones. They’re not angels, incapable of wrongdoing. If they were, we wouldn’t need a legal system”.

What we need to understand is that as Feminism, its rambunctious backers pledge all about scouting for equality. Feminism isn’t an act of opposing all men across the globe instead feminism is a movement against all folks who consider women as a weak gender, who’s potential role is to give birth. Both men and women should have the equal freedom to express their unfeigned emotions. Both men and women should feel free to be tenacious. It is high time that we all recognize these genders as two sides of the same pole, not as two contradictory sets of standards. For that feminism should have men, not reasonably as supporting system but shoulder to shoulder as collaborators, with an equal voice for humanity. Let’s be all the advocates of peace, equality, and love. We all deserve it!

Originally published at eleshebha.blogspot.ca

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