Feminism is not about hating men. Some people keep using that word, I do not think it means what they think it means. Let this be clear to those who still think that way; according to Millicent Garrett Fawcett in 1878, “Feminism has as its goal to give every woman “the opportunity of becoming the best that her natural faculties make her capable of.” Basically, Feminism is an order of ideologies, social and political movements to seek the equal right and opportunity for women.
Feminists continue to fight for women’s equality and right, including the right to have the education as high as possible, to earn equal pay in the workplace, to work, to have the same rights within marriage, and to have maternity leave. They also keep promoting about women’s integrity in this world, and to always defend women and girls from sexual harassment and domestic violence. Based on what I read, the feminist movements are divided into three waves, and each of the wave represents different aims which was based on the current situation.
The first wave feminism fought for “Women deserve the right to vote” issue, the second wave feminism was all about “Women should be able to choose whether or not they can get an abortion and effective birth control rather than risk getting them” and the last wave, the third wave feminism promoted the “Still would like the right to an abortion. And birth control. And to not be raped and harmed by what women wear. Women would also like to be paid equally, taken seriously, and not be shamed for wearing a skirt or something short. To always support other women and don’t pit them against each other” idea.
Feminism itself rose because there was the time when women were being suppressed, underestimated and not treated equally as men. The idea of seeing all people in this world are the same, no matter what type of races and ethnics they have, bothered the suppressed and underestimated women so much. I personally admire the pioneer of the feminist movements for they have bravery and strong willing to fight for the women all around the world. They were not even paid for what they did yet they fought for the right sincerely. All countries in the world have their own feminists who fought for women’s right. In Indonesia, we have this beautiful and graceful lady, named Raden Ajeng Kartini who was born in 21st April 1879. That’s why Every April 21, people in Indonesia commemorate the Kartini Day. She is the national heroine with sincere and thoughtful idea for all the women in Indonesia. Her spirit and dream will always live in Indonesians’ hearts.
Nowadays, many people, especially men, wonder why feminists are very eager to fight for feminism itself. Based on some articles that I read, some men even hate the feminists for trying to “break the rules” they said. Like seriously? What rules? The rules of being a girl? oh we are sorry, we did not realize our vagina came with terms & conditions.
So, here is a love letter to the people who still don’t understand about feminists;
They are feminists because women in work places are still seen to have lower work performances than men
They are feminists because the word bitch and slut exist
They are feminists because when women refuse to use the word ‘bitch’ or ‘slut’ they get funny looks and judged
They are feminists because the word virgin means so much to a woman but nothing to a man
They are feminists because women are blamed for what they were wearing
They are feminists because little girls are taught to not get raped but little boys are never taught not to rape
They are feminists because women in some literature works are nothing but sided-roles who are there by obligation rather than choice
They are feminists because they didn’t know what it meant to be a feminist
They are feminists because the phrase ‘like a girl exists’
They are feminists because the patriarchy hurts both men and women
They are feminists because they will be criticized for making this list
They are feminists because they have been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. They are told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Otherwise, the truth is; a woman’s body is not dangerous to men. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because men chose to do stupid things.”
They are feminists because they are humans and still have the humanity inside their hearts
They fight for what they believe it is true and fair.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate all the feminists out there, shall we?
Originally posted by Dinda Besiari
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