Negative Misconceptions Of Feminism Essay

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Negative Misconceptions of Feminism
In a situation where a woman says she is a feminist, some men cringe away from her since they have negative stereotypes in their mind that tell men feminism is about women superiority when in fact feminism simply advocates gender equality. I think this negative stereotype stems from people thinking of 'feminine ' when they hear the word so they automatically assume that it is about female domination but the word was developed at a time when females were not even considered human-hence the female underlying word. There is no gender neutral term to describe gender equality. When men come up with the term 'meninism ' (which is a popular Facebook group and Google search) it is completely ridiculous because-
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“The Impact of Activists: Negative Stereotypes Reduce Social Change Influence.” European Journal of Social Psychology 43.7 (2013): 614-26. ProQuest. 04 Nov. 2015
“The Impact of Activists” study used online surveys in an attempt to prove that individuals neglect to participate in feminist causes because they have negative perceptions of the activists. The predominant benefit to conducting online surveys is that due to the relative anonymity of the subjects, more honest answers are provided from a wide variety of people. This study supports the feminist theory which attempts to uncover the nature of gender inequality. As a result, the study develops a strong correlation between the impression people have on activists to their participation in feminist causes. This proves that the negative stereotypes of activists being “militant” and “eccentric” (page 614) that have been developed prevents people from supporting feminism despite the subject’s best interests being to fortify the concept of gender equality.
Armstrong, Jo, Sylvia Walby, and Sofia Strid. "The Gendered Division of Labour: How can we Assess the Quality of Employment and Care Policy from a Gender Equality Perspective?" Benefits 17.3 (2009): 263-75. ProQuest. Web. 04. Nov.

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