Feminism comes in all shapes, sizes, and beliefs. After doing the research on the different types of feminismI find there is no right or wrong way to participate feminism. I believe that if you are a strong woman and believe in bettering yourself, then you are a feminist. You do not have to be part of radical movements or demonstrations to be considered a feminists. Just by being a woman and respecting yourself you are bettering women’s potential to someday become an equal to men. Women are getting closer and closer to being equals. We can not give up, we must stay strong and push on!
Myth: Feminism is about fighting men, hating men, and eliminating men.
Fact: Feminism is about challenging systemic inequalities and does not portray men as the enemy.
Myth: “Feminist” is the female equivalent of “chauvinist”.
Fact: Feminism does not support sexism against either gender. Feminism works towards equality, not female superiority.
Myth: Feminism is “un-Asian”.
Fact: Feminism works towards a society based on justice and equality… the very same ideology put forth in Singapore’s national pledge.
Myth: Feminists are opposed to marriage and motherhood.
Fact: Feminists actively fight for the rights of mothers and many feminists are married and are mothers. Feminists recognize that happy families are important and believe that families are strengthened when the wellbeing of all members, male and female, are supported.
Myth: Only women can be feminists.
Fact: Any person who believes in gender equality is a feminist. Many men are feminists and proud to be so.
Myth: To be a real feminist, a woman cannot be feminine or demure.
Fact: Feminism is found in the substance of a person’s opinions and not her form. A woman’s love of nice dresses or high-heeled shoes does not make her less of a feminist.
Myth: If I am a sexually liberal woman, I am a feminist.
Fact: Feminists respect individual, informed choices and believe there should be no double standard in judging a person’s behaviour. Every woman has the right to sexual autonomy including the ability to make decisions about when, how and with whom to conduct her sexual life. However, sexual autonomy alone does not make one a feminist. Neither does the exploitation of one’s own body for favours or advantage.
Myth: Feminists believe that women’s actions are above criticism and can always be excused because of the discrimination they have suffered. Therefore they never have to take responsibility for their behaviour.
Fact: Feminists understand that equal rights translate into equal responsibility. Anyone who seeks rights must be held to the responsibilities that come with these rights. Previous discrimination may explain negative behaviour but does not excuse it.
Myth: Feminism purports that all women are disadvantaged in our society and that all men are privileged by their gender.
Fact: Feminists understand that narrow gender ideals restrict both men and women and thus society as a whole. Feminism seeks to reduce and eliminate these constraining ideals.
Myth: The fact that there are some women who have a higher social and economic status than some men means inequality has been eliminated.
Fact: Systematic inequalities continue to exist at every level of society. There may be female heads of Fortune 500 companies but the fact that they constitute less than 5% of the total means that barriers remain.
Myth: There is no more need for feminism: women have the vote, they have jobs. The goals have been met.
Fact: These achievements are great milestones in the history of feminism, however our aim is nothing less than equal treatment and opportunity for both genders. There are still many inequalities in society’s perception of the roles of men and women. We want to build a world in which no person, because of their gender, must curtail their hopes and dreams.
This type of feminism is a little hard to understand. I was exploring the internet and found a blog from someone who took a college class on Ecofeminism. The person compares ecofeminism to the movie Pocahontas. This is a great explanation.
Ecofeminism is a movement that is based off of women’s movements and also environmental movements. It draws on the exploration of women and nature. They seek to find liberation of women as women. They try to find liberation from the activities that are tied to being a woman such as child birth, nurturing and the domestic area.
This is an article on a book that came out about Third Wave Feminism. Since the Second Wave, people are saying they haven’t seen feminist movements and that the Second Wave didn’t do much for improving women’s equalities. The Second Wave left a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up. This article reflects that feminism is not dead, feminism is changing everyday and still trying to promote equalities for all.
This type of feminism is popular among younger women. It was started in the 1970s. This movement is individualistic. They focus on personal empowerment and improving individual identities. These feminists try to make a change in the community and also help define young feminists. They focus on helping all people who are at a disadvantage of the norm. They serve to help women, gay rights, immigrants, transgenders, the disenfranchised and any underrepresented individual. They are more than just a pro women group. Their mission is to help any one who needs the help.
Radical feminism is similar to socialist feminism, they both believe that a dramatic social change is needed in order to obtain equality for women. They people that society is extremely patriarchal and it needs to be rearranged or the system will stay unjust. Their goal is to challenge the patriarchy’s standard gender roles and reorder society. Radical feminism was part of the second wave feminism in the 1960s.
They believe that women are looked as the “other” to men. The primary part of patriarchy is the relationship of dominance, one party is dominant and exploits the other party for their benefit. They believe that men use social systems to keep women and non dominant men suppressed.