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Call it Feminism...Call it Whatever.

Apr 22, 2015 at 11:17 AM
2 years ago



Feminism: advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.

By the definition of the word, I'm a feminist. Call it egalitarian. Call it humanism. Call it "Ralph." I don't really care how it's labeled.

I'm so often messaged by indignant guys with helpful "corrections" about the issue of women's rights. "The pay gap." "Women get favor in regard to child custody." "Women are perpetual victims." "Women don't get drafted!" "You're religious on this issue." Or a personal favorite, "You're a 'mangina.'"

(It's always enlightening to see a man attempt to insult another man by affiliating him with a female characteristic.)

The issue is complex, just as the people are. And yes, there are examples of toxic persons and behaviors in the feminist culture, just as there are among atheists, political groups, religious organizations, any sect or movement. There are the unpleasant malcontents who turn every pebble into a mountain, who stand ready to blanch and wail at the most innocuous or innocent of words and/or gestures, who poison discussions that should be productive, and who distract from the real instances of discrimination.

Yeah, they make me as crazy as they make you.

But they don't change the fact that, throughout history, in the Big Picture, women have been heard less, been valued less, often denied access to the halls of power (over two centuries, and never even a female Vice President?), and have had to battle tooth-and-nail to live in a world where they're not merely second-class citizens that exist for the amusement of men.

These things have improved, largely because of the hard work and hard-won battles of feminists- those who support the idea that women...that people...have value and deserve equal treatment.

Wail about the Worst in the arena of discussion about equality, but you're missing the forest for the trees. You're forgetting the definition: Advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.

Equality. It's not all that difficult to understand, and it shouldn't be difficult to support, regardless of the moniker it uses.

Let the hate mail begin (again).


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