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Modern feminism is not about men, and you’re probably a feminist whether you know it or not

A lot of buzz is circulating around feminism – but what is modern feminism? What does a modern feminist stand for? It’s more simple than you may think.

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It’s not what you think

I’m a feminist, and likely you are, too. Not me, you say. I’m not a man-hating, bra-burning feminist. But alas, you’re probably much closer to being a feminist than you think.

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Feminism has turned into a dirty word, has often been associated with certain political viewpoints, and has even stirred quite a debate in Hollywood about what does and doesn’t qualify as feminism. Contrary to some editorial commentary, feminists are not packs of mean spirited, man-haters who are opposed to anything resembling traditional values.

It’s actually quite the opposite. Modern feminists celebrate the differences in women, embracing the many paths a woman may choose to live, parent, or employ.

The simple definition

To truly understand, one has to remember that women’s rights are a fairly new concept in the United States, and still something women are struggling to achieve worldwide. American women were not looked at as valuable, contributing members of the community until 1920, when they were granted the right to vote with the passing of the 19th Amendment.

Around the world, women are still seeking suffrage, with Saudi Arabia granting voting rights to women for the first time this December.

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Clearly, the world needs more advocates for women – so why is being a feminist have such a negative connotation in some circles? It comes down to a dissemination of an incorrect meaning of what feminism is. The true definition of being a feminist is that you think women should have equal rights and opportunities as men. That’s it.

The right to decide what is best for yourself

Many of issues with feminism are far from being resolved politically but what is under discussed is the matter of choice in feminism, particularly outside of the home and in the workplace. Surely, the message of feminism is to work hard, get out of the house, break that glass ceiling. And yes, that’s true… if, and only if, that’s what is what is a woman’s desire.

If a woman doesn’t want to become a CEO and would rather be at home with her children, Godspeed! If a woman would like to work long hours and it’s better for her husband to be at home? Great! If the best scenario for a family is to choose a childcare setting? Bravo.

Modern feminism does not advocate for one size meets all choices in personal or professional life. Feminism lies in the option for a woman to choose what scenario is best for her and her family. And yes, it’s ok for a woman to consult her husband on his opinion, too, and make the decision as a family. Feminism is about choice, and the power to choose.

One does not negate the other

The point of feminism is not to polarize but instead to equalize. To bring women into a role that is equal to her male counterparts in the workplace and in the home. Women are intelligent, opinionated, strong, capable individuals, just like men. Empowering one does not negate the strength of the other.

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Amen, sister

So, embrace feminism. Embrace the equality of women, and the right to choose what lifestyle is right for each family. A woman who passes up an opportunity to better her career instead to spend more time at home with her children, because that’s what she wants, should receive as much respect at the woman who chooses to work towards that promotion.

And trust me when I say, most modern feminists would agree with that sentiment.

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Megan Noel, a veteran ex-educator with a PhD in Early Childhood Education, enjoys researching life through the eyes of her two young children, while writing about her family’s adventures on IndywithKids.com. With a nearly a decade in small business and marketing, this freelance writer spends most evenings pouring over new ideas and writing articles, while indulging in good food and better wine.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Tom

    December 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

    How come feminism doesn’t move women to give what they get in terms of relationships with men and starting the relationships? How come supposed “feminists” can tell me in my face that it is my job as a man to hunt women, and that it is their job to rate me and not to give equally what they take?

    Why are my 5 dating apps inboxes empty every single day? Because women are only talking about what they should get. Not what men should get. They won’t even stop to think about what they could give in a daily basis to men instead of telling men they should give more to women.

    There hasn’t been a single woman in my life except for my first love that has ever asked me what I like to do in my free time, if I have any hobbies..

    Why aren’t women hunting men? Why aren’t women showing men they they should receive attention as well? Why is the first argument against always “well bloke you must be gay then”?

    • Lani Rosales

      December 20, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Interesting points. I would argue that things are shifting, albeit slowly. Especially in an environment of gender and sexual fluidity.

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