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Feminism is sometimes regarded as the school of thought where men can be the enemy, but that concept is utterly missing the point of what it actually means (Photo by Isabella Quintana via Pixabay under Creative Commons License).

Feminism is sometimes regarded as the school of thought where men can be the enemy, but that concept is utterly missing the point of what it actually means (Photo by Isabella Quintana via Pixabay under Creative Commons License).

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Was it not almost 100 years ago when women were first allowed to vote in the U.S.? Have there been historic leaps of improvement in leveling the gap between the sexes in America? Yes, it has been a rigorous ride for our ancestors to take these leaps and reach this peak of equality. However, why are there still so-called feminists? This question most definitely rings in the minds of many as they read the headlines about the millions of women marching in unison in the streets for reasons some may think are silly or “over the top.” This is a valid point, yet it may not be obvious to them that the battle of equality has not yet been won. Women cannot surely say that they feel equal to men socially, culturally, economically and politically—like the definition of “feminism” suggests.

The many obstacles that 19th and 20th century women faced in the misogynistic society that they lived in still resonate today. Unfortunately, young women are repeatedly sexually harassed, blamed for it, and shunned to silence. Women are still fighting to maintain their rights to have ownership of their bodies and what they want or don’t want to do with them. Women can still feel societal pressure to please men in advertisements and appear a certain way in order to be desirable to their partners in various social media platforms. Beauty in itself has been reduced to plastic smiles and lustful eyes. Risky diets and magic pills and potions promise a new image of love at first sight. Personalities crumble and women are the ones who have to be pretty, funny, and smart but not too smart, or that’s not attractive. Men are the ones that can decide whether or not a dress is “asking for it.” Women wearing their own preference of clothing have to choose modest options, or they’ll look suggestive and provocative, but clothing that is too modest won’t ever get them a guy. In addition, if a woman doesn’t find a single-partner love life as interesting and is open to many partners, she is frowned upon. Sadly, society cannot be pleased by women who have many partners or none at all because it still manages to judge them for being something they can never be— perfect, which is inherently a flawed definition. In contrast, men can do the same thing, wear whatever clothes they want, do whatever they want with their bodies, and not even attempt a clean appearance, and they aren’t judged as harshly as women are.

Society sets rules for both sexes to follow, and feminists want it to stop. The world may see them as “extreme” attention seekers that purely hate men. However, this is not always the case. Real feminists are not looking for the superiority of women over the male population. The fight is against societal standards and preconceived notions that men and women should act and treat others differently because of their sex. Feminism isn’t fighting against the stereotypical man in the media but instead fighting against the absurd rules that make men insensitive because of what the media portrays. Feminism is a belief that applies to any sex, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ethnicity, or gender. It is a belief that defines everyone as human beings with rights to have freedom, happiness, and love. To believe in feminism is to believe in the equality of humans, and to be a feminist is to use one’s voice for that goal, so that millions of voices can speak up for the embracement of equality in all corners of the earth.

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