Negative Essay On Feminism

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Feminism in the dictionary is defined as an “advocacy of equality of the sexes and the establishment of the political, social, and economic rights of the female sex.” (Oxford English Dictionary) Today however, feminism has been misconstrued to be seen as something negative, rather than a means to establish equality. Many people have taken the values of feminism and distorted them to extremes so that there is a negative impact on and the image of the movement. Today, feminism is met with a lot negative reactions, and calling oneself a feminist can lead to some people to perceive you in a negative manner. Many women have taken feminism too far. Over the years, “feminists” have gotten the stereotype that women are extreme liberals, evolving …show more content…
This negative perception of the feminist movement has also been fueled by the media. Many reports of feminist rallies show these “extremists” who have tainted what could have been a noble cause. People like Pat Robertson, a former Southern Baptist minister and media mogul, has appeared on television at a GOP convention and stated, “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” (VOMNCK The Witch Library) Thoughts and beliefs such as these have some validity even though they tend towards the extremes of the spectrum. Extreme feminists have turned the feminist movement into a cause where women should stick it to the man and give “the man” a taste of what women had to endure for hundreds of years. These same women have been known to speak negatively against the government, because of the abortion laws that have been placed. Some of these “extremists” have also described their negative feelings …show more content…
Whether it is equal pay in the office or equal representation in the government, feminism is not about bringing an end to male dominance. It is about having some say about your life and being judged on your work instead of your gender. It is about giving women the opportunity to ascend the leadership ladder if they are qualified. These are all issues of civil rights. Women are not the only ones who deal with this kind of discrimination. Everybody has to deal with not feeling equal in society or not getting equal representation. People today are scared of seeming racist or sexist. (Hooks 55) Many people live their lives walking on eggshells, too scared to speak their mind because they could offend someone. Even companies and schools that could be accepting people at the top of their field choose to accept lesser qualified people to meet a racial and gender quotas in order to seem accepting and appealing. Today, white males, the target of many radical feminist groups. They feel discriminated against minorities because companies have to meet a quota to “look good.” This quota system can be seen in many colleges. When applying to schools and viewing information about the school one of the first statistics shown is the percentage of races at the school and the ratio of male to female. Society should be functioning on the basis of quality of work and experience. However, this is difficult.

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