Well, here goes the official definition –
“The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.”
Wikipedia defines Feminism as –
Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes.
Well, in a broader perspective feminism is a lot more than meets the eye. It means equality, freedom, consideration, respect, cooperation and understanding for the opposite sex in case you happen to be a male.
However, the term feminism(merely because of its creation) doesn’t confine it to females. Even a male can be a feminist or can support feminism. So basically if you stand for equality between the sexes, sorry to piss you off, but you are a feminist. Anyone who isn’t at this point is just swimming against the tide, just like the people who are vaguely homophobic or racist or sexist.
You are as much a feminist as much as an egalitarian and someone who believes in meritocracy.
You are a feminist if you want women to be in positions where they can actually participate and have real authority to change the world that we live in.
You are a feminist if you strongly support and believe that it is upto to the woman to decide if she wants to be a mom. She wants to go out and work, have a career other than being a mom.
You are a feminist if you care about women rights.
You are a feminist if you want to raise your girlchild to be a strong, good, independent one.
You are a feminist if you let them take their own decisions, to let them decide what’s good for them, to let them go out into the world with a command that is theirs.
All in all, if you believe in gender equality, you are a feminist.
However, nowadays there are some species who wrongly define and try to imply feminism as to something that by virtue of birth makes females more superior to males; these species can’t simply admire to see the good or the positive, they constantly aim at finding bad in every situation and spread hatred and negativity irrespective of the situation; they are mere narcissists. These species are so carried away into their own wool-gathering that they have forgotten the basics, i.e. equality. Yes, equality of gender minus hypocrisy.
If you are self acclaiming yourself to be better and superior than males, let me ask you a question, are you any different than those males who look down upon females?
Well, that was a rhetorical question to which the answer is – No, you are no different than those mysoginists out there. And I’m hereby sorry to burst that little bubble of yours.
Here’s a quote to enlighten you a tad more –
P.S. It has come from a MALE!
“You can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom’. If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean that you can force others to live by your own beliefs. ”– Barack Obama