A Beginner’s Guide to Feminism

By Elena and Lily

As young women in a modern society, we have been plagued with the results of centuries of sexism. In the past few hundred years, a movement has formed to try to deal with these injustices: Feminism. We have decided to put together an explanation of the movement, it’s supporters, and how you can join in the fight for equality.

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What is feminism? 

Feminism is a movement which formally started with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. The convention advocated for a simple principle: equality for women. The movement has since evolved. The Seneca Falls Convention was the first suffragette convention, however in 2020 feminists advocate for a different kind of equality. Sure, the vote was the first step, however the issues run much deeper. 

Since then, the movement has strived to gain complete equality between sexes. This extends to all genders, even beyond the traditional bi-gender system. We want to have the same opportunities, regardless of gender.

Because of how much feminism has evolved since 1848, there’s considered to be 4 waves of feminism, which will be explained in more depth in later articles. The first wave was primarily focused on the vote, whereas the second wave was more focused on the political and cultural side of gender inequality. The third wave of feminism focused on changing the direct perception of women. Finally, the fourth wave of feminism tries to combat the sexualization which women experience far too often.

Feminism is a movement which has evolved, but is ultimately a source of empowerment for women. If it wasn’t for feminism, we’d still be sitting at home, caring over children, without any sort of say. Feminism got women the vote. Feminism got women jobs. Most importantly, feminism has connected women. Although the movement does have some racially questionable beginnings, it has since become a movement which is more inclusive, and has a massive outreach.

What does it mean to be a feminist? 

Feminism is simply a movement of equality, and being a feminist means you are part of that movement. A feminist stands up for women’s rights in every aspect that they can.

Being a feminist simply means you believe in complete equality between everyone, regardless of gender. It doesn’t mean you believe women are higher than men, that’s another thing entirely, but it does mean you would like to see the patriarchy dismantled.

Although females face a lot of stigmatization, there are stereotypes surrounding males as well. Feminists also fight against these as well. Ideologies such as men shouldn’t cry and a man must be the main source of income in a family are all criticized by feminists.

Who can be a feminist? 

Anyone can be a feminist. 

Contrary to what many believe, you don’t have to be a female to be a feminist. All good movements need allies to thrive, and the feminist movement is not an exception to that. 

Without the help of men, women would have had a harder time getting their message heard, and no one should ever believe that they can’t be a feminist because of their gender. If you support equal rights you can be a feminist no matter what gender you do, or don’t, identify with. 

Being a feminst is at its simplest being someone who believes in the movement, who believes in equality of sexes and genders. The issue isn’t one sided. The issue isn’t something only women can support. Feminism is a movement of equality, and everyone can support it.

How can I be a feminist?

Feminism has evolved over many years throughout its many waves. Because of some current extremist anti-feminist movements, feminism is often ridiculed by society. Because of these anti-feminst movements, many people now believe that you have to hate men or think women are superior, however that is not the case. 

Feminism began as a strive for equality between men and women. Now, it has evolved into a movement for all genders seeking equality. Being a feminist doesn’t have to be complicated. If you stand up for what is right and strive for equality you can be proud to call yourself a feminist.  

You can be a feminist by calling out sexist acts, by educating those around you, and by standing up against gender stereotypes. All you have to do is support the movement of gender equality.

Thanks so much for reading our article! This article is the first of many educational articles on feminism we’ll be putting out in the future so stay tuned! If you have any suggestions or questions please feel free to leave a comment or contact us via our content page. Keep overachieving and look out for Lily’s next post coming out on Thursday: A Beginners Guide to Being a Music Student!

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