Feminism Is A Problem | Vitamin Stree

February 29, 2020 0 By Ewald Bahringer

Feminism as we know it today, is a problem And why is that you ask? Well, let me explain. Feminism is a loaded term that means different things to different people. It is a term that is often taken out of context – to represent a wide range of ideologies which can thus lead to a fair amount of confusion around the subject And that’s the whole point why it’s so
fucking misunderstood. So let’s start with the basics Hey Siri, what’s the definition of feminism? “Feminism is defined as the theory of the
political, economic and social equality of the sexes” Let me repeat that. Equality of the sexes. Nothing More, Nothing Less. It does not mean that women and better than men It does not mean that only women’s voices must be heard It does not mean picking up the tab on a date or free drinks on ladies night. And it definitely does not mean anti-male, bra burning protests where women grow their armpit hair and reject traditional ideals of beauty It is a word, that represents a movement to advocate the equal right of all gender identities So, if it’s that simple, why is it so misunderstood? Well, for starters it’s kinda gotten a bad
rep. We often get stuck in semantics. While the word does include the syllable “fem”, it does not pertain to rights of
women only Much like mankind does not pertain to the existence of men only. Over the years, the word feminism and more so the movement it represents has come to
mean a lot of things… Spanning a hundred and twenty years, the feminist movement in the west has evolved from acquiring the right to vote to challenging traditional
gender roles and more recently it has expanded to cover financial, political and social inequalities
at large. In India, however, the meaning of the movement gets further complicated due to the vast diversities within the country “It’s not just feminism that has an added
layer of complexity, but the condition of women in India that has an added dimenstion of
complexity because it gets compounded by the issue of caste, by the way in which classes
and caste are very clearly distinct.” In a country with so many lines that divide, how has the movement worked to unite the community at large? Tragically enough, the one factor that cuts across all of these boundaries, is violence. Major cases like Tarvinder Kaur’s dowry related murder in
1979, Roop Kanwar’s sati-related death in 1987, and more recently, the Nirbhaya gang rape in 2012 shook the public from their usual
apathy and triggered outrage across the spectrum to fight for women’s rights and liberties. These fiery protests, coupled with the media’s sensationalised coverage has further amplified the collective rage to portray the movement
as a bunch of angry young women. I’m not saying one must water down feminism to make it accessible but i think it matters
how you are introduced to it. If your only connection with feminism is people who you’ve seen marching at a rally you may think that’s all that feminists do. But that’s not the point of the movement
at all. While the ‘feminist goal’ is to include
and create an equal society for all, this ‘radicalized’ imagery is often misunderstood and alienates others from what the movement really seeks to do. So is this why feminism is a problem? Well, yes and no. Feminism makes so many people uncomfortable because it questions deep-seated ideologies that have existed in our society for centuries. “A study of feminism is really a study of
the unequal power balances that tilts in favour of masculinity more than femininity. And I
think I’d like to remind people that even all men do not get equal privileges.” To say that we must all be equal is problematic
for those at the top, because it challenges the status quo. However those at the top aren’t to be blamed for this alone. By distancing ourselves from the very notion of feminism, we unknowingly perpetuate prejudice
and inequality. And that my friends, is the problem. The worst part? We’re a part of the problem.