Feminism: What Is It Realy?


In English this last week, we have been reading an extract by Angela Carter, who was part of the second wave of feminist literature (it is a very interesting read but not something I would recommend for very young readers) and in class, we got onto discussing what we really believe feminism is, what do people believe feminism means and how it has developed into something that I don't necessarily believe is real feminism. I thought I would write a post on what I believe to be feminism and what I believe is not feminism but, actually, casts a negative light on women. I am aware that this could offend some people but please know that this is not at all what I want to do and I am just sharing my opinion, which we are all entitled to! 

For me, I believe in the empowerment of women in order to get equal rights for everyone. I'm definitely someone who believes that everyone should have equal rights, in the workplace as well as any other time in life (I believe this is called egalitarian). And this is what I believe true feminism is. The fight to make women and men equal, not one better than the other, neither socially nor economically, but equal. We should all be viewed as capable of carrying out any job, and if a man and a woman are doing the same job to the same standards then they should be getting the same pay - doesn’t matter if they are teachers or doctors, both sexes can do the same job just as good as the other. I don’t believe that women can do a certain job better than a man, and I don’t believe a man can do any particular job better than a woman as we are all equal.

But, sadly, I think that feminism has turned into more of a battle of the sexes –  of whom can be the best, and feminism has now turned into a very touchy subject that tends to be vetoed instead of being talked about. For guys, there is a certain element of fear that something they might say or any opinion they might have could be taken offensively and they could be marked as anti-women, no matter how harmless or innocent their comment was. For women, I feel that you can no longer strongly label yourself as a feminist without people believing that you are anti-men as a lot of people now think that that is what a feminist is. The real definition of feminism is ‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ (quoted from en.oxforddictionaries.com) but this definition has gotten lost on the way to getting that quality. For example, the short story we read of Angela Carter's was called ‘The Company of Wolves’ and whilst is part of the second feminist movement in literature and the fact that Angela Carter is classed as a feminist writer, the story is extremely anti-men and not what I would call pro-feminism at all; I know from discussing it that a lot of my classmates had the same view as I did. Don’t get me wrong, Angela Carter is a wonderful writer and her message comes across very strongly, I just disagree with a part of her message. A lot of extreme feminists believe that women should be better than men, that they should have more power against men and, for example, in an office a man and a women go up against each other for the same promotion, and the man gets it, starts to fight against that decision immediately saying it is a sexist decision even if the man was actually better at his job making the decision not at all sexist. For me, this is not feminism.

So that’s is what I believe feminism is to me and what I believe it shouldn’t be but has sadly grown into. Feminism should be solely about equality and that’s what I mean when I say I am a feminist! Comment below your views on feminism, even if you completely disagree with me! I want to hear what you have to say! 

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  1. I agree 100% with what you've said here; I believe feminism has grown a negative stigma that needs to be destroyed - lovely post Kizzi - it has a strong message that more people should know about ❤

    Frances x


    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad that I was able to get my point across in a respectable way!

  2. I think that some people think that feminism means that women should be better than men instead of equal to. I am a feminist too and happy to be! xx

    1. It is defintly a point of view that a lot of people have adopted but it isn't what I believ feminism to be !So glad you are a feminist and are happy to be!


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