Feminists Hate Men: and Other Myths Debunked
Feminism tends to get a bad rap, being associated with the hatred and oppression of the male gender. In reality, feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of equality of the genders. Feminism even branches out to include the equality of all classes, races, and sexual orientations.
To help alleviate some of the uneasiness that comes along with the word “feminism”, I have compiled a list of myths and facts about the movement. The negative view of feminism goes so far as to make women (and men) feel uncomfortable with declaring themselves feminists, causing an aversion to the word in conversations, articles, and social media. This mindset really sets back the whole movement of feminism and what it stands for.
Let’s clear up some fallacies!
Myth: Feminism is about fighting, hating and/or eliminating men Truth: Feminism is about challenging systematic inequalities and the oppression of women in a male-dominated society. Feminists not only believe in equality between men and women, but also in equality between every gender, class, race, and sexual orientation.
Myth: Feminism is sexist Truth: Feminism does not support sexism against either gender. Feminism supports an equalist society, not female superiority or male inferiority.
Myth: Feminists are opposed to marriage and motherhood Truth: Feminists actively fight for the rights of mothers and many feminists are married and are mothers themselves. Feminists recognize that happy families are important and believe that families are strengthened when the wellbeing of all members, male and female, are supported.
Myth: Only women can be feminists Truth: Any person who believes in equalism and gender equality is a feminist. Today's feminist activists are women and men of all walks of life who seek to combat racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and any other form of discrimination.
Myth: Feminists are lesbians and bra burning radicals who hate men Truth: Being a feminist has nothing to do with sexual orientation or discrimination of the male gender. Feminists come from all different backgrounds and cultures to support equality.
Myth: Feminism is not necessary anymore. Women have the right to vote, can wear pants, and have jobs. The goals of feminists have been achieved. Truth: Women are still behind in many different ways. They continue to be paid less on average than men (for the same positions in the same field of work), many jobs are not friendly to mothers or women wanting to become mothers, and women continue to be responsible for the majority of household work (men averaging 7 hours a week while women average 14 hours).
I know that anyone will be able to find quotes from radical feminists to support some of the above fallacies. While there are certainly individuals who have made strong anti-male comments in the past, these views are not representative of mainstream feminism. As always, a group should not be judged by its most radical elements nor by comments taken out of context. Feminism is an important movement that needs to be continually supported by both men and women.
“Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality for all individuals.”