Negative Stereotypes Of Feminism

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Negative stereotypes about anything always drive people away from a subject; I will be discussing the truth behind the lies about feminists and explaining just how ridiculous the stereotypes are. Drawing upon Valenti’s (2013) theory of how stereotypes come to be and how they are used, I will be elaborating on why these negative views about feminism exist, especially the view that all feminists are ugly. The attitudes regarding feminism will be addressed using hooks’ (2013) analysis of why many men fear feminism and change. Finally, I will explain why the stereotype that all feminists hate men is incredibly untrue and the inclusion the movement actually offers men, best outlined by Tarrant (2013). These types of untrue stereotypes make feminism …show more content…
Valenti (2013) explains, as women grow up, they are taught to dismiss feminism in fear of coming off as unappealing. When women are told that feminists are ugly they are immediately turned off by it, not wanting to be seen as ugly themselves (Valenti 2013). It is also used as a way to ignore someone’s opinions and views, increasing the notion that women are not to have opinions and views, especially people who are viewed as “unattractive” (Valenti 2013). This also coincides with feminists hating men. The stereotype that feminists hate men leads people away from the movement. Men do not want to be a part of something that tears them down, and women do not want to be a part of something that prevents them having a family and/or functioning relationships with men. People often stick to these stereotypes because of the lack of knowledge on what feminism truly is. Men reject feminism due to a fear of a gynocentric reality, rather than a phallocentric one and women often reject feminism due to the rejection of men. Gynocentrism is based around having a feminine point of view, while phallocentrism is based around having a masculine point of view. Negative stereotypes form an interpretation of feminism that is toxic to the movement. Making the term “feminist” revolve around the idea that a group of ugly women get together and hate men takes away greatly from true concept of the term. …show more content…
Due to all of this, both women and men who want change, are put down and called ugly as a way to decrease self esteem and oppress them. This kind of attitude toward the subject of feminism takes away from men’s benefits as well. Men are forced into a gender role where anything to do with emotion, sensitivity, and feelings are looked at as weakness and are deemed as unfit Tarrant (2013). Tarrant (2013) best talks about gender and how people are not born being either masculine or feminine. Gender is not binary and because so many people think it is, it is not acceptable for men have real human emotions because the emotionality lies with the women. The theory that feminists hate men is immensely false. The movement wants to help men be more comfortable being however they are; to be more universally accepted as people, not as just a manly man who has a beard and laughs in the face of

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