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Myths about feminism that need to be deconstructed

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Myths about feminism that need to be deconstructed

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For a few years now, much has been heard about feminism. Regardless of your position and whether or not you agree with political and social movements, to defend yourself, argue or discuss it is necessary to go deeper into the subject and, mainly, understand the difference between feminism and femism.

Making definitions easier:

Feminism: by definition, it is a political, philosophical and social movement that defends equal rights between men and women.

Femism: by definition, it is an expression that hypothetically would mean a set of ideas that considers women to be superior to men and, therefore, it is she who must dominate him. It can be considered synonymous with machismo, but with the roles reversed. Both preach the construction of a hierarchical society based on a specific sexual gender.

The history of feminism is practically divided into three periods: the first began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when women began to demand the right to vote. The second major movement took place in the 1960s, associated with ideas and actions with women's liberation movements that fought for the legal and social equality of women. The third began in the 1990s and remains today, being considered a continuation and reaction to the failures of the second movement.

Although feminism is not a recent movement, doubts and many myths surround the subject. Let us clarify:

Five black women wearing brown clothes and posing for the photo.

Retha Ferguson's photo on Pexels

1- Feminism favors women

As we have already said, feminism is a movement that seeks equality, that is, no one should be bound by gender stereotypes. For example, the girl does not need to be taught an early age to like dolls, housework and the color pink, just as boys do not need to like only blue and play with strollers.

2- Feminists hate men

Forget this idea that feminists hate the opposite sex. Contrary to this thought, many are married, date and lead a normal life, after all, demanding equal rights is not absurd.

Feminists defend causes such as equal wages, right to occupy the same positions in companies, wives can work, not being forced to take care of the house and children alone, etc. Women who have an aversion to or hatred of men are called misandrics.

3- Housewives cannot be feminists

According to feminism, a woman can be exactly what she wants and that means she will not be more or less feminist if she is doing her homework. Some women prefer to pay more attention to the home and their children, but this should be their choice, not a masculine imposition.

4- Feminists are not vain

Woman with Asian features looking at the camera and with her hand supporting her face.

Mikoto.raw's photo on Pexels

To make it clear once again: they can do with the body and life as they please. Applying makeup, waxing and wearing short clothes, for example, are matters of choice. The important thing is to feel good.

5- Feminism is the opposite of machismo

As previously written, unlike machismo (behavior expressed by opinions and attitudes, of someone who refuses equal rights and duties between sexes, favoring the male sex), feminism fights for equal rights. We can consider that femism is the true opposite of machismo.

6- Feminism is a kind of dictatorship

No. Feminism does not force anyone to do anything, much less use force and fear as a way to convince someone about their concepts. Feminism has nothing to do with oppression, but with freedom.

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Accepting kindness also does not make a person more or less feminist. The point is not to believe that this is a man's obligation, but that anyone can be kind to another, regardless of gender.

Woman sitting in front of a notebook holding a credit card.

Andrea Piacquadio's photo at Pexels

8- To be a feminist you must be an activist

Just agreeing with the ideas of the cause and practicing them already makes someone a feminist. But, no, you don't have to be on the streets to prove it.

For a few years now, much has been heard about feminism. Regardless of your position and whether or not you agree with political and social movements, to defend yourself, argue or discuss it is necessary to go deeper into the subject and, mainly, understand the difference between feminism and femism.

Making definitions easier:

Feminism: by definition, it is a political, philosophical and social movement that defends equal rights between men and women.

Femism: by definition, it is an expression that hypothetically would mean a set of ideas that considers women to be superior to men and, therefore, it is she who must dominate him. It can be considered synonymous with machismo, but with the roles reversed. Both preach the construction of a hierarchical society based on a specific sexual gender.

The history of feminism is practically divided into three periods: the first began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when women began to demand the right to vote. The second major movement took place in the 1960s, associated with ideas and actions with women's liberation movements that fought for the legal and social equality of women. The third began in the 1990s and remains today, being considered a continuation and reaction to the failures of the second movement.

Although feminism is not a recent movement, doubts and many myths surround the subject. Let us clarify:

Five black women wearing brown clothes and posing for the photo.

Retha Ferguson's photo on Pexels

1- Feminism favors women

As we have already said, feminism is a movement that seeks equality, that is, no one should be bound by gender stereotypes. For example, the girl does not need to be taught an early age to like dolls, housework and the color pink, just as boys do not need to like only blue and play with strollers.

2- Feminists hate men

Forget this idea that feminists hate the opposite sex. Contrary to this thought, many are married, date and lead a normal life, after all, demanding equal rights is not absurd.

Feminists defend causes such as equal wages, right to occupy the same positions in companies, wives can work, not being forced to take care of the house and children alone, etc. Women who have an aversion to or hatred of men are called misandrics.

3- Housewives cannot be feminists

According to feminism, a woman can be exactly what she wants and that means she will not be more or less feminist if she is doing her homework. Some women prefer to pay more attention to the home and their children, but this should be their choice, not a masculine imposition.

4- Feminists are not vain

Woman with Asian features looking at the camera and with her hand supporting her face.

Mikoto.raw's photo on Pexels

To make it clear once again: they can do with the body and life as they please. Applying makeup, waxing and wearing short clothes, for example, are matters of choice. The important thing is to feel good.

5- Feminism is the opposite of machismo

As previously written, unlike machismo (behavior expressed by opinions and attitudes, of someone who refuses equal rights and duties between sexes, favoring the male sex), feminism fights for equal rights. We can consider that femism is the true opposite of machismo.

6- Feminism is a kind of dictatorship

No. Feminism does not force anyone to do anything, much less use force and fear as a way to convince someone about their concepts. Feminism has nothing to do with oppression, but with freedom.

You may also like

Discover the role of men in feminism

Know the importance of feminism today

Understand what an ethical and spiritual feminism is

7- Feminists don't let men pay the bill or open the car door

Accepting kindness also does not make a person more or less feminist. The point is not to believe that this is a man's obligation, but that anyone can be kind to another, regardless of gender.

Woman sitting in front of a notebook holding a credit card.

Andrea Piacquadio's photo at Pexels

8- To be a feminist you must be an activist

Just agreeing with the ideas of the cause and practicing them already makes someone a feminist. But, no, you don't have to be on the streets to prove it.


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