Feminism In Social Media

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The definition of feminism is ‘The advocacy of women 's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes’ (dictionary.com, 2015). It is believed by some that the ideas of feminism have dramatically changed since the feminist movement first started in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, while others believe the original goals have just adapted to suit modern times (GWANET, 2015). This report will investigate how the current generation’s idea of feminism differs from those of the past, and how the media has affected this change. Investigating how the ideas of feminism are different around the world and how social media has affected and influenced the changing ideas of feminism will also be explored. A survey of thirty random people …show more content…
The popular hash tag #WomenAgainstFeminism has been circulating social media; along with statements such as “I don’t need feminism because I am not a delusional, disgusting, hypocritical man-hater. I respect men and they respect me” (Women Againts Feminism, 2014). This shows the misunderstanding some women have of feminism. This hash tag has negatively influenced feminism as many people see it and believe that the statements made are true, and as a result more people believe that feminism is a negative movement. Because of the many negative connotations surrounding the word feminism, some people, men in particular, have taken to calling themselves ‘meninists’ to take the mickery out of the feminist movement (Day Of The Girl, 2013). Unlike feminism, the ‘menimist’ movement isn’t focused on helping people, but rather poking fun at gender roles and shaming feminists. The ‘menimist’ movement has its own Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts and posts jokes such as “I hate it when people say ‘women should always be in the kitchen’… how are they supposed to clean the rest of the house?” (@MeninistTweet, 2015). While many may consider this to be funny other posts by the page are more threatening and misogynistic than others. This behaviour affects the feminist movement as it turns the movement into a joke. Some meninists even refer to feminists as …show more content…
The majority of the people who were surveyed believed closing the wage gap should be the main focus on feminism, while others believed that ending domestic violence, promoting a healthy body image, promoting the acceptance of minorities, and equal workplace opportunities were also equally important goals of feminism. Some people also named recognition and overall equality as important goals of feminism. These are just a few issues facing women. While in the past, feminism would only be focused on one or two issues at a time, modern day feminism has many issues that it is fighting concurrently. Many feminist arguments today are highlighted and debated in the media. In the past, news would not be spread fast as the only way it could be spread was through newspapers, pamphlets, and word of mouth, news would become outdated fast and wouldn’t travel far (Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage, 2015). Now the media is always up to date, and can have a story out within minutes of an event occurring. Because of this, news travels to many more people than it once did and as a result, many more people are being educated on the matters of feminism as well as other topics. This allows more people to understand feminism and have access to information surrounding the feminist

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