By: Laura Yac
We are bringing it back to basics this week with a common misconception involving feminists. When I talk about my feminist beliefs, I often get asked the question, “Do you hate men?” My answer, like Cher from Clueless would say is: “Ugh! as if…”
Yet the question still remains if feminists really hate men, and for the most part we don’t! I have come to the conclusion that many individuals (especially men) feel attacked by the term feminist and the concept of women wanting to be seen as equal and receiving the same opportunities that men do for simply being male. This is where I believe individuals got the common misconception that we hate men.
If you go online right now and look up the term feminist, the definition is “advocacy of women rights on the basis of equality of sexes.” From that, we can gather that overall feminists just want to be seen at the same standards the world places men. We want nothing more than to be treated as the powerful individuals we are and because of that, men shouldn’t feel threatened or hated on. It is simply a matter of wanting change. Women are tired of being treated like they are unable to do certain tasks, tired of being underpaid and underestimated.
It is time that individuals realize that. Instead of seeing such movement as a threat, they should join the cause for the women in their life who have been shut down and underestimated their whole life. For now, it seems women’s rights will be a battle we continue to fight.
For the mean-time here is some extra helpful information on what feminism really is and to leave on a good note… Men, we don’t hate you!