‘’What I ‘see ‘myself in my own eyes, can become the ‘vision’ for others,
My ‘words ‘can become the’ voice of masses’,
The ‘thought’ I create in my mind can lead the’ idea ‘of the movement,
The way I’ step’ forward can become the’ footprints’ of the revolution.”
- Support not cover
- Self-empowerment is key to self-sufficiency
- Equality strengthens the movement
- The True Feminist
During my first-hand experience as an activist, I have received many opinions from people across the world about feminism and gender inequality. So many men and women hate it fiercely.
Why such an intensive movement is criticized and how people have started taking the movement in a negative light? These questions, I asked myself, how I take ‘feminism’? Who is a true feminist?
In my experience, I believe the word Feminism does not align with the intensity of the movement. Any movement that talks about equality should not be tagged with ‘ism’. It should run like a movement that moves forward – men supporting women and vice versa. I feel, more the ism, greater the weakening of the idea.
The word feminism itself creates unconscious gender bias and making women psychologically weak.
The more stridently a woman identifies as a feminist, the less strong she is. Feminism has created what is undoubtedly the weakest generation of women so far.
Like me, there are many who would never have felt the need to retreat to a “safe space” when encountering an idea with which we differed. We do not need any covering shield of such loaded terms to fight against any injustice.
Support need not be a protective shield. It should come as respect.
If we believe in equality for all, we should articulate fearlessness and not bask in the glory of the word feminism. We must understand what true feminism is. One should be able to take a brave stand, in a way that feels right to them, in their life, stride, and experience. The movement is always collective and it should not be loaded with terminology that weakens the idea behind it.
Feminism claims to stand for two things above all: women’s equality and enabling women to be strong. Many believe in egalitarianism and certainly, want a world that works for us all.
Be it, man or woman–voices have always been raised against any kind of social evils that discriminates society:
One collective voice that strongly emerged out was “Feminism’’. Now, the question is, was feminism the only voice of women standing against discrimination? If not then who all were the participant? The answer is “No”. It was not just the women’s voice. Men too came out as strong significant voices.
Men too can be feminist
The “Me Too” movement is the most impactful instance that we can think of when feminism comes to mind in modern times. It wasn’t just the women supporting women but women supporting men and vice versa. Since the 19th-century, men have actively participated in establishing equal rights and opportunities for women. It can be argued easily the men’s liberation from socio-cultural constraints of gendered roles is an integral part of feminist activism.
Let’s empower our thoughts, build our identity. ‘’Revoke the revolt’’ and “evolve the movement’’.
The man-bashing approach that some parts of society have taken up shouldn’t be the case. Be it a man or a woman, a true feminist can only rise up by supporting each other.