Feminism : A Feminist Theory Of The Politic, Economic, And Social Equality

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Feminism
In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word feminism is the theory of the politic, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Though many believe people this, few actually call themselves a feminist. I consider myself to be a feminist. When I tell people that, I can see in their eyes that they are judging me even though they most likely believe the same things as me. When I ask them why they don’t consider themselves one, their answers always shock me. Most of the time, they respond by saying they don’t hate men or that feminists are too radical. But what they are referring to are misandrists, not feminists. A misandrist is a person who hates men. Many people believe that both feminists and misandrists are the same thing, but they are complete opposites. Feminism is equality and misandrism is hatred. While feminism is a great movement that fights for equal opportunities between men and women, people only focus on the radicals of the group, causing the social movement to have a bad reputation.
The movement of feminism first sprung up during the 1960s and the 1970s. These women fought the idea that a woman’s only job was to stay at home and take care of their family. Women wanted their own freedom: “I 'm free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please” (Lesly Gore). This is where a lot of the negativity towards feminism comes from. “Some would say the negativity toward the word ‘feminism’ was prompted by the…

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