- the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes
The most important selection of words taken from the above definition has to be “equality of the sexes“. A common misconception throughout most of society is that feminism is misandry. Feminism is not misandry. Feminism supports the idea that each gender should be treated equally; it supports the equality of the sexes, not the idea of women being given more rights than men.
As feminism becomes more well-known, it seems to me as if the meaning behind it is becoming misconstrued and it’s developing more and more negative attention. I’m sure that you have all heard of the anti-Feminist group “Menism” by this time but, if you haven’t, here’s a brief overview of what the meninists (even the word itself is clumsy) campaign for and the type of propaganda they release:
In case you haven’t caught on yet, I have a problem with menism. This is not because I am a woman, nor because I think that men deserve less rights than women – because I strongly agree in equal rights – but it is because menism does next to nothing for the men in need. It is not about giving transgender men, gay men, black men, Asian men or men that belong to vulnerable minorities equal rights. It’s about patriarchy; men who feel threatened in their position of power. The purpose of menism is to work against feminism.
I’m writing this post because maybe the menism movement was formed out of ignorance and misunderstanding – I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt – because maybe the people who started the “movement” were not aware that, just because it has a prefix associated with the word “female”, it is not a movement only for women. It is for equal gender rights – including those of men.
I’m sure this won’t be the last I’ll be blogging about feminism or general equality but, until then, I hope that enough “menists” read this post to understand that the need and desire for equal rights for men and women can be achieved via the feminist movement more effectively than through menism. If you are interested in learning more about feminism before I next post, I strongly suggest checking out this post.