It’s weird how in our hyper-connected societies, where those with access to internet are just a click away from knowledge, people don’t know a thing about feminism. It’s tiring and extremely boring listening to all these ignorant and ridiculous comments about “feminist hating men” or feminism being the reverse of machismo (which exists, of course, and in Spanish is called hembrismo).
Even women who are clearly and beyond doubt feminists wouldn’t dare to openly call themselves so. Feminism is a bad word, an insult, a shame.
Ok, let’s revise the very basics: Feminism is a critical philosophy that states, pursuit and promotes equity between people, between human beings, between women and men. But also wants to vindicate women themselves, for centuries (and still now) degraded in comparison with men. There’s a condensed feminist slogan that resumes everything:
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people
The phrase is attributed to Cheris Kramarae, main theorist of the Muted Group Theory, a feminist and cross-cultural theory within anthropological studies that analyses and explains communication patterns and social representation of non-dominant cultural groups such as women and other majorities (usually called “minorities”).
Don’t you think women are people? Don’t you think women are human beings and, as such, entitled with human rights? Don’t you consider women to have better purposes in life than being likeable or not to men?
Are you really NOT a feminist?