The Misconception of Feminism

Kiya Kirkland

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For centuries there have been feminists, even though the term “feminism” did not gain widespread use until the 1970s. From the very beginning of time, there has been inequality between men and women, and the fight against injustice continues today.  

Feminism can be defined as the advocacy of women’s rights based on equality of the sexes, but it has gained a different definition today. Through social media and the actions of anti-feminists, the term feminism has gained a negative connotation and backlash from many people.  

On Twitter alone, the goals of feminists are attacked and chastised. Twitter user “WebDesignerVon” says, “What has feminism achieved? Chaos. Nobody wants to be under anybody.” 

Why is this? Society is blaming “radical feminists” for their beliefs.   

Some feminists believe that society is under a patriarchal rule that oppresses women and that the concept of gender is a social construct meant to benefit patriarchy. Some people use the term “radical feminist” to belittle this movement and provide a negative implication. Just as the views of radicals of religious groups are often invalidated, the views of “radical feminists” are as well, when they really aren’t radical at all – they’re just strongly opinionated.  

Feminist Andrea Dworkin says that “feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.” By not supporting the movement and by giving activists the radical title, society is scandalizing the movement and seeing feminism through their misogynistic point of view. If you are anti-feminism, you are anti-woman and anti-equality – it’s as simple as that.   

Like people who are against other movements, some anti-feminists may just be misinformed of the topic and therefore make ignorant judgements. As a feminist, one’s goal should be to inform the public about social and economic injustices so that the misconception can be less prominent and allow the public to then interpret this newfound information as they see fit.  

Feminism is a word of power and equality.  Feminists must fight to make their intentions known. Though it may be difficult, it can be accomplished.  



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