There appears to be a great lack of knowledge on what feminism is all about especially among Africans, Nigerians precisely. Some think that feminism is about women becoming men or vice versa; bashing men; being superior to men and competing with them. Truth is, feminism is contrary to these beliefs, that’s if people would understand what it’s all about.
Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender.
It’s the belief that women are and should be treated as potential intellectual equals and social equals to men. These people can be either male or female human beings, although the ideology is commonly (and perhaps falsely) associated mainly with women.
The basic idea of Feminism revolves around the principle that just because human bodies are designed to perform certain procreative functions, biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.
Feminism also, by its nature, embraces the belief that all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason including equal civil rights and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle.
Feminists and all persons interested in civil equality and intellectuality are dedicated to fighting the ignorance that says people are controlled by and limited to their biology.
Moreover, Femnism is an ideology that focuses on woman being treated as equals to men. There is no sexism in this concept because we live in a patriarchal society, males are automatically given a superior position. Calling feminism sexist is also ignoring centuries of history where men have oppressed women.
It’s a movement that supports equal opportunities for men and women and asserts that women are entitled to the same political, social, and intellectual rights as men. As a cultural and literary movement, feminism seeks to challenge historically male-centred representations of women and identify a sovereign tradition of female cultural and literary production.
A common misconception about feminism is that one is supporting woman’s equality but opposing man’s. This is not true. Supporting something like gay rights doesn’t mean you’re against a straight person’s rights, and the same goes for feminism in terms of equality between the sexes.
Femnism had raised controversies in our patriachial society and created stigma and stereotypes with the definition, such as: feminists are lesbians, manhaters, divorced or unhappy women, men who are womanisers, etc.
However, feminism had helped women get the vote, obtain equal rights for jobs, made laws to control domestic violence, helped women obtain the rights to own property, to divorce, to have access to birth control and to have possession of their own bodies.
Feminism is still needed in today’s society. A society that prides on gender equality/equal opportunities progresses colossally.
If truly people could remove bias, stereotype or prejudice and try to understand the concept of Feminism, we would all be femnists.
Always remember, a female could be your daughter, sister, wife or mother. How would you want them to be treated in the society? Does it make any sense to say that a female human being is not a full human being in a planet of human beings?
Our differences in gender is to complement eachother for procreation and a happy life. We’re all humans and deserve equal rights. Would you say that a man who is disabled is inferior to an able-bodied woman? No, you won’t but in terms of ability or strenght she is. Also, would you say that a baby or child is inferior to adults because of their vulnerability? No, you won’t. What then is difficult to understand that we are all the same irrespective of gender and abilities?
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