Lesbian. Man-hater. Unkempt. Abrasive.
Stereotypically, that is the vision those unfamiliar with the movement have associated with the term “feminist.” The waves of feminism have accomplished more than society is willing to give credit for. Instead, they are perceived as a mob of angry women with misplaced anger who do nothing but set fire to bras.
Somehow, the skewed connotation has allowed society to continue to misplace the place of these revolutionary women.
Society has turned this current wave of feminism into something of disarray. Women Against Feminism and Ladies Against Feminism are both groups who are vocal about their stance on feminism. Ladies Against Feminism “encourage women in their God-given roles,” and promote a “beautiful womanhood.” A beautiful womanhood as opposed to what? When did feminism become synonymous with ugly?
It’s understandable that not every woman is going to have an extremist point-of-view, but is that enough to say that you’re an anti-feminist? Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were compiling ideas for women to join together to fight the inequalities that they were all facing. I’m pretty sure the fact that there is an anti-feminist movement versus feminist movement is disturbing to them. Perhaps it’s in a woman’s nature to pit themselves against each other. There seems to always want to be one lioness in the jungle.
This miseducation of feminism tells people that rather than being an activist, these women are female chauvinists. It’s clear that the denotation is up for grabs as well. Apparently, all it takes is for you to make a song about how girls run the world, and you’re labeled a feminist. Disregard the songs you made in the nineties asking if a man could pay your bills. (Sorry, Beyonce fans.)
What is your definition of a feminist? Is it fair to thrust the label on women in the public eye? Has the rivalry of feminist and anti-feminist gotten out of hand?
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