“Feminism”- Why do people cringe upon mentioning this word?

Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive.
Both men and women should feel free to be strong.
– Emma Watson

We are living in a 21st-century era. Things are changing at a rapid pace. The “Feminism” act started in of 18th century though the term was different for it. Yet after this many years, the majority of people don’t understand what feminism is all about.

The actual definition of Feminism is to fight for individual rights, regardless of their gender. The term stands for equality of any gender and to stop sexism. In our society, we have some pre-defined set of limitations for a specific gender. Like women are not strong physically and men don’t cry. It has been proven multiple times that there is no limitation for us and we can achieve anything in life. Then why still there are so many people who are supporting this kind of stereotype mentality.

Feminism is not a scale to measure which gender is suffering more and which gender is living off better. Many have a misconception that feminism is all about hating the male gender and making their life intolerable as many smart people think so. Well if you are also one of them then I am sorry but you have the wrong information. Because feminism supports male gender and fights for their equality as well. 

Men don’t have to take full responsibility for their families. They shouldn’t be pressurized to take the lead when it comes to the financial aspect of life or protecting their family. Men and women both are equally responsible for each and every aspect of life. Men are also pressurized to choose some particular kind of career. And feminism act was started to make sure all the genders are treated in the right manner. But since we have many people who support a mindset saying that each gender has a different set of roles in our life. Because of this, an opposition side for this activity started. People are still fighting over this without even understanding it, thus the word “Feminism” became a topic of controversy.

It is true that this act initially started to uplift women in society and give them a chance to make a life of their own. And that was because women have suffered a lot due to the misogyny mindset in our society. People have portrayed women a burden or treated them as an object. Slowly people are changing and the new generation is bringing a lot of positive change to our world, but changes always come with a sacrifice or price to pay. And this becomes a reason for rebel and creates two sides, one which is ready for the pain and the other which is ready to inflict it. Which side usually you are on?

One should take full responsibility for their own life irrespective of which gender group they belong to. You also need to understand that you don’t have any right to impose or restrict someone else’s life in any way. There are many places where even today women are confined within a domestic domain and are not given the freedom to do anything as per their wish. Some kids are not getting a proper education. To put a full stop to this kind of lifestyle, feminism was brought into the picture.

Since there is so much negativity around the word itself, people who even believe in equality also often say that “I am not a feminist.”

Do you also believe in the theory that we should live freely and let others live the same way? That everyone should have equal rights and equal opportunities in life. That there is no limitation for any gender, then be a fair supporter and raise your voice for Feminism. Once you voice your opinion, you might face a lot of disagreement today, but it might bring some change tomorrow in our society.

Feminism is equality, politically, culturally, socially, economically. That’s it, that simple.
-Emma Watson

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17 thoughts on ““Feminism”- Why do people cringe upon mentioning this word?”

  1. A much-needed post on a very pertinent topic.
    I always find it infuriating when people say ‘don’t tell me you’re the feminist type” as if feminism is some sort of a crime when it’s all about equality.

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    1. True… Even I feel irritated when I get to hear those kind of statements. But I guess fighting or raising voice for the right cause is never easy. But hopefully someday people will understand and change their mind. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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    2. Feminists generally don’t truelly believe in equality. It is just something said to get a gathering behind their movement. Example. Feminists believe in abortion. My body my choice. But after the child is born if they decide to go full term they are not willing to give men equal rights over the child. Instead they continue the stereotype that men have no rights over children. Women have automatic custody and men can’t even get visitation in most states without putting up a fight and getting an attorney. Where is the equality in that. Feminists simply put defend women not equality between the genders. And that is what gives feminism the bad name. Because in giving women all rights then men only have the rights of dogs and pets. Which is the general direction feminists prefer things to go.

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      1. I understand Victor that on the name of feminism a lot of unjustified consequences are happening but for that reason it’s not right to blame everyone. At the end it does stands for equality and that is what needs to be explained in our society.
        That awareness needs to spread across.


  2. I think the negativity around the word “feminism” is because some feminists who have received a lot of attention in media etc either express hateful feelings/ideas towards men and even boys and/or only care about problems and inequalities if/when they affect women. Even the word “feminism” indicate that it is for girls and women only. Therefor, many people who seek equality and cooperation between all human beings have negative associations with the word “feminism” and don’t want to be associated with it – even though many feminists simply want equality.

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    1. Very true.
      I agree, since the movement started for women’s rights it was named Feminism but later on, the problem faced by men also came into the picture. And now the act represents Equality despite the name.
      But it’s time to change the mindset of people who are trying to take advantage of the act as well as those who hate it because of the consequences.

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      1. Yes that’s true. It’s really not very important how you label yourself – the important thing is what you stand for. And these days there are so many people who feel empowered to take every opportunity to spread hate, intolerance and oppression.

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  3. Yeah the world needs to hear this. So many people don’t like to identify as feminist, even when they support equality.
    So much negative ideas around that word.
    Emma Watson’s quite really just say it all.
    It may have started with uplifting women but now, it’s about equality.
    Thanks for sharing on this topic.

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